UN envoy warns of deterioration of Yemen's security

17:00, July 30, 2011      

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UN envoy Jamal bin Omar who is in Yemen to mediate conciliation dialogue between the ruling party and opposition warned on Friday that Yemen's security may collapse if the two sides failed to reach a compromise soon.

"It is the time for rival political leaders to bear full responsibilities and reach a swift solution based on the power- transition initiative brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council ( GCC) that meet the aspirations of all Yemenis, including protesters, and head off a potential critical security collapse to their country," bin Omar said in a press conference in Sanaa to conclude his two-week visit.

"I also warned both rivals of the paralysis that hit the country's vital institutions, as well as the acute deterioration in the state's economy and humanitarian situations that triggered by shortages in fuel and power which caused great suffering among the people," he told reporters before he left Yemen.

"I have held talks with officials from the ruling party and the opposition coalition, and I am convinced that a political solution to the Yemeni political crisis is still possible," he said, adding that "Yet again, I reaffirmed that all rival parties should continue to work in order to reach an agreement on how they all are going to enter a transitional period and its following future steps."

The UN official made it clear that only Yemenis themselves hold the decision and can resolve their long-running political impasse as the UN or the GCC countries would only provide help to the peaceful process to be realized.

The GCC initiative stipulated Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in Saudi Arabia's Riyadh for treatment of injuries he sustained in an attack on his palace earlier June, to resign in 30 days and to hold presidential elections within 60 days. Saleh has backed out from signing it three times.

Bin Omar said on Monday that the ruling party and the opposition laid down some new conditions that hinder attempts to reach a reconciliation deal.

Saleh, who has faced protests demanding an immediate end to his 33-year rule for six months, vowed to return to power to lead a national conciliation dialogue with his opponents soon.

A close aide to the veteran president told Xinhua that "doctors treating Saleh's injuries in the Saudi military hospital could allow him to come back to Sanaa by the end of first week of August to resume his presidential duties."

Source: Xinhua
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