Summary: 31 May 2011, Brussels - Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today on the situation in Yemen:
"I am shocked and condemn in the strongest terms the use of force and live ammunition against peaceful protesters in the city of Taiz. Reports of attacks on medical facilities are appalling. The continued repression by the Yemeni regime and grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law cannot be accepted. Those responsible for such deeds must be held accountable. I repeat the call for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to launch an independent assessment. I have already made clear that the President and the security forces are responsible to protect all citizens in Yemen.
I urge again President Saleh to address the legitimate demands of the Yemeni people regarding political transition, to refrain from violence and to end abuses of Human Rights. It is now time, without further pretexts, to sign and implement the GCC initiative on political transition."