The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) has ceased its initiative to put an end to the Yemeni political crisis after President Saleh declined to sign a transition peace deal that would’ve seen him stand down. A statement issued by the GCC on Sunday said that it decided to halt the efforts due to a failure to accept suitable conditions. Saleh was present at a signing ceremony, wherein the transition agreement was endorsed by the officials of his ruling party, but refused to sign the agreement, saying he wouldn’t add his signature to the papers unless the opposition leaders are present. Foreign envoys who had gathered in the Yemeni capital Sanaa for the ceremony have reportedly left the country.
This development would be troubling for the Saudi’s who would want to contain the troubles in Yemen. If the unrest continues in Yemen, it has the probability of engulfing the Kingdom eventually. Yemen has the prospect of becoming a FATA for the Saudi’s if not dealt with in a timely fashion.