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Statement by EU HR Ashton on the situation in Yemen

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.”

  • Ref: EU11-191EN
  • EU source: European Union
  • UN forum: 
  • Date: 26/5/2011

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