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Summary: 23 November 2011, Brussels - Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made the following statement today on the signature of the agreement for political transition in Yemen:
"I welcome the signature in Riyadh today of the agreement for political transition in Yemen, signed by President Saleh himself and key representatives of Yemen’s ruling and opposition parties. I commend the tireless efforts of all those who have worked for this outcome, in particular the Gulf Cooperation Council.
The agreement is only the beginning, but it is a very important beginning. It allows the Yemeni people the much needed hope that their country can turn a page in its history and embrace a new future.
In line with UN Security Council Resolution 2014, I call on all political groups to help implement the agreement in good faith. It should become the foundation for a reconciliation process which reaches out to all Yemenis and enables a peaceful democratic transition to take place. It is time for all sections of Yemeni society to set aside their differences and make every effort to meet the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people. I have the utmost admiration for the courage of all those Yemenis who have pursued their campaign for democratic change peacefully and with dignity. Nobody should now stand in the way of this unique opportunity to move forward.
The EU, together with its international partners, will continue to help and support the Yemeni people in their efforts to build a more democratic and prosperous future."