Summary: 25 September 2011, Brussels – Statement by the spokesperson of European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in support for Gulf Cooperation Council initiative for Yemen
The High Representative adds her voice to those of the GCC as expressed in the statement of the GCC Ministerial Council of 23 September. She repeats the calls for President Saleh to meet his commitment to transfer power and sign the GCC initiative.
The High Representative is very concerned about the escalation during the last week and condemns in the strongest terms all attacks against peaceful protesters. She expresses sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the unrest. The High Representative calls on all sides to cease violence and exercise maximum restraint. She supports the formation of an impartial investigation into those responsible for violence.
The EU continues to monitor closely the situation in Yemen and will consider further common action on Yemen with the GCC and international partners.