The conflict between the two Yemens. Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halem Khaddam, who heads a seven-member?
GV bombed out gun emplacement PULL OUT TO LV town of Quataba
GV & SVs buildings wrecked by bombs (TWO SHOTS)
SV PAN soldiers carrying bundle of food
SCU old woman speaking to soldier, runs off when she sees cameraman
CU burst tyre PULL OUT TO abandoned military vehicles (THREE SHOTS)
SCU two soldiers formerly of the Maaliquas who have deserted to the NDF PULL OUT TO GV troop headquarters
GV wrecked North Yemeni army vehicle
GV troops silhouetted on mountain top/PULL BACK TO troop carrier passing wrecked jeep
GV troops in truck along desert track
GV armed troops advancing along track
SV PAN truck passes with heavy machine gun
SV troops assembling bazooka
CU officer speaking into walkie-talkie
GV troops firing gun from back of truck
SV troops in machine-gun emplacement
SV gun firing from back of truck
SV soldier on hillside.
After meetings in the capitals of South and North Yemen, Syrian Foreign Minister Khaddam flew to Saudi Arabia to brief its leaders on the talks in Aden and Sanaa. Mr Khaddam says he hopes a meeting scheduled to take place between the two Yemeni Presidents in Kuwait on March 28 will cement the agreements already achieved.
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Background: The conflict between the two Yemens. Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halem Khaddam, who heads a seven-member committee of the Arab League, said on Tuesday (13 March) that North and South Yemen have begun implementing resolutions aimed at resolving this conflict. The resolutions call for a withdrawal of troops and artillery within a ten-day period. Latest reports from the border suggest guerrilla forces attacking from the South have made heavy gains in North Yemeni territory.
SYNOPSIS: A destroyed gun emplacement bears witness to the fighting to win the hills high above the town of Quataba, ten kilometres (6 miles) from the border. After a brief struggle, the town was taken by members of the National Democratic Front (NDF), a group of North Yemenis based in Aden, and closely allied with the Marxist government of South Yemen.
Life if now back to normal in Quataba and the other towns which have ben captured along the border. Souheil Rached of Visnews, who is the first correspondent to return with news of the conflict, reports that may local inhabitants have welcomed the NDF forces. But the front line is not far off, and shelling continued north-west of the town.
These two soldiers have deserted from the Maaliquas, crack troops of the North Yemeni government, whose regional headquarters were in Quataba.
Some North Yemeni trucks and armoured cars have been destroyed or abandoned during the latest clashes. Twice in the past five years, fighting has broken out between South Yemen and the Saudi-backed government in the North. In 1974, the Arab League was called on to intervene, when regular troops from the two countries clashed.
This latest example of unrest in this crucial region follows hard on fall of the Shah of Iran. The emergence of the NDF is an added problem since it is ignoring the Arab League appeal for a ceasefire. The Front says it is determined to get direct negotiations with the North Yemeni government.
Latest reports suggest that, far from observing the ceasefire, the left-wing g forces are stepping up their offensive. They are trying to cut the main road linking the capital of Sanaa with the southern provincial city of Taiz. NDF forces are mainly armed with Soviet-made automatic rifles, anti-tank weapons and light mortars -- ideal for a campaign in the rugged Serat mountains. After being excluded from recent Arab League meetings, Front leaders say they will Sanaa government meets all their demands.