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Summary: 26 May 2011, Brussels - Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement on the situation in Yemen:
“Over the last hours I have been following the situation in Yemen with the utmost concern. The escalation of violence after President Saleh’s refusal to sign the GCC initiative to come to a peaceful transfer of power is extremely worrying. I deplore the loss of so many lives and injuries. I strongly call on all sides to exercise restraint and refrain from further violence. The shelling of areas of Sana'a with large civilian populations must stop without delay. I appeal to all sides to protect civilians.
I trust President Saleh will listen to the demands of the Yemeni people and Yemen's friends. It is time for showing his genuine commitment to a peaceful and orderly transition. It is time for President Saleh to transfer power now.”