Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi speaks during a meeting with a United Nations Security Council delegation on January 27, 2013 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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The Yemeni president appealed to southern leaders Thursday to join talks on the country's political future as separatist sentiment surges after a UN-backed dialogue wrapped up without them in January.In a speech marking the 24th anniversary of the formerly independent south's union with the north, President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi told southern leaders they could still be part of a political settlement. Political sources said that Hadi, who is himself of southern origin, was reaching out to to more moderate exiled leaders, including another former president Ali Nasser Mohammed, and former prime minister Haidar al-Attas.
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