UN political chief to attend Yemen meeting in London

08:33, January 27, 2010      

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UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe will lead the UN delegation at a high-level meeting on Yemen to be held in London on Wednesday, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

The meeting will discuss "many pressing problems and challenges facing the country and their underlying causes," including economic, developmental and humanitarian issues, Martin Nesirky told reporters at UN Headquarters.

"Sustained international support will be necessary to ensure the prosperity, security and stability of Yemen and the region as a whole," he said.

"The UN hopes that this will be the initiation of a long-term process of cooperation between the government of Yemen and the relevant regional and international partners," he said.

The world body is ready to take part in these efforts, with emphasis on providing support and cooperation in the areas of highest priority to the Yemeni government and people, he added.

The London conference will bring together Yemen's international partners to discuss means to reach agreement on mechanism for assisting the government terrorism-combat effort as well as economic reform in the impoverished Arab country.

Twenty-one countries including the United States, states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, Turkey, Russia, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Canada will be present at the meeting.

Source: Xinhua
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