U.S. urges to end violence in northern Yemen

08:45, June 25, 2010      

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The United States is "deeply troubled" by violence in the northern Yemen and calls for a comprehensive dialogue between all opposition parties and the government, said the White House on Thursday.

"We are deeply troubled by reports of fresh outbreaks of fighting in Sa'ada, and urge full compliance with the ceasefire agreement announced in February, and an end to the violence," said a White House statement, referring to recent violent conflicts in the northern Yemeni province of Sa'ada.

"The United States calls for a comprehensive and inclusive national dialogue between all opposition groups and the ruling party. Such a dialogue needs to be undertaken in good faith and with haste by all parties to address legitimate grievances and increase stability in Yemen," said the statement.

The leader of the Yemeni Shiite rebels, who accused the Yemeni government of failing to fulfill the promises for national unity, has recently threatened to breach a cease-fire agreement and wage a new war against the government in the northern Yemen.

The Yemeni government and the Shiite rebels struck a ceasefire deal on Feb. 11, however, both repeatedly traded accusations of breaching the truce which still holds now.

President Obama has decided to increase U.S. humanitarian assistance to Yemen by 29.6 million to 42.5 million U.S. dollars this fiscal year, as part of efforts to help the Yemeni people achieve their long-term development goals.

The Obama administration sees the deepening humanitarian crisis as major obstacle for the Yemeni government to tackle security threats, mainly from al-Qaeda, in the poorest Arab country, where about 42 percent of 23 million people are living on less than two dollars per day.

Source: Xinhua


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