North and South Yemen have agreed to a ceasefire in their border war, according to a report from the Iraqi News agency.
GV Minister of Communications for the People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen, Mahmoud Abdulla Osheish, seated (on right) at news conference
CU Minister speaking in Arabic
CU Reporters taking notes
MV Minister continues speaking in Arabic
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Background: North and South Yemen have agreed to a ceasefire in their border war, according to a report from the Iraqi News agency. The agency said the leaders of the two countries accepted the truce after joint mediation by Syria and Iraq. The disengagement plan came a week after a feud between the two countries erupted into fighting. Since then the two sides have conducted intense diplomatic activity throughout the middle east, with their envoys visiting many countries, including Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: Among the representatives of the two governments carrying messages to heads of state throughout the region was the Minister of Communications for the People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen. Mahmoud Abdulla Osheish handed a letter to the President of Lebanon Mr. Elias Sarkis and afterwards met newsmen to explain his government's view of the fighting.
He said that the fighting is between competing factions within North Yemen. But there have been conflicting claim. North Yemen blamed the South for attacking its territory, while the envoys from the South accuse the North of provoking the conflict. They claim that the only forces involved are opponents of the North Yemen government, chiefly the Aden-based National Democratic Front.
The Minister of Communications was accompanied by the South Yemeni ministers of Planning and Labour when he toured the Middle East delivering messages on the situation from President Abdul-Fattah Ismail. Now the Yemeni leaders have reportedly agreed to consider special arrangements dealing with the withdrawal of troops from the border region at an Arab League emergency meeting.