The chairman of a five-man Arab mediation committee on the Yemeni fighting, Dr. Selim al-Yafi,?
GV & SV Beirut airport. (2 shots)
SCU Dr. al-Yafi being interviewed:-
IN: "We are a commission of...."
"...if that is necessary."
DR. al-YAFI: "You know we are a commission of conviliation - of mediation between two brother countries of Yemen. We are going there for the Council of the Arab League, as appointed, and to find a solution to the conflict existing there. And we hope that our mission will be very successful, because we see from two sides, you know. We see very good..... we wish to be successful."
REPORTER: "What is the first stop?"
al-YAFI: "At Aden, we are going this night. We are going to Aden directly."
REPORTER: "But a last report from Aden said they were accusing themselves."
al-YAFI: "They are accusing themselves, but we will see exactly the truth there."
REPORTER: "Will you go on the ..........?"
al-YAFI: "We hope, if it is necessary."
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Background: The chairman of a five-man Arab mediation committee on the Yemeni fighting, Dr. Selim al-Yafi, said in the Lebanon on Wednesday (October 4) that his commission hoped for "positive results". He was speaking at Beirut Airport where the group had landed on route to Aden -- capital of the People's Democratic Republic of the Yemen (South Yemen), which had been in dispute for over a week with its northern neighbour, the Yemen Arab Republic. Border fighting by land and air flared up in late September, and over 100 people had been reported killed in several incidents by the end of the month.
Relations between the two countries, which blamed each other for the fighting, deteriorated late last year when North Yemen accused South Yemen of killing 65 Yemen Arab Republic tribal Sheikhs.
The mediation committee, due to resume its flight to Aden later on Wednesday, was composed of the Algerian, Kuwaiti, Syrian, Egyptian and Libyan permanent delegates to the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt.