Ban regrets 'frustrating' failure of Yemen plan



SOFIA- UN chief Ban Ki-moon deplored on Friday the failure to agree to a Gulf-mediated plan aimed at ending months of political unrest in Yemen.
"It is unfortunate and frustrating that all these agreements which were presented by the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and others in the international community have not been fully accepted and agreed and implemented," Ban said at a conference in Sofia.



Ban regrets 'frustrating' failure of Yemen plan
"I will continue to press this process so that the people of Yemen could also be able to enjoy genuine freedom, so that they can engage in social and economic development for their own prosperity. That is our goal," he added.
Gulf mediators failed to get embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh this week to sign an agreement aimed at ending political violence that has claimed the lives of about 150 people in the past three months.
The deal foresaw the president quitting after 30 days, with a presidential election following two months later.
Now, Gulf mediators said they were awaiting a "signal" from Saleh, who has been in power for 32 years, to revive their plan.
Yemen, the poorest Arab country, has been rocked by nationwide protests since January, demanding the president's ouster.
"I have spoken to President Saleh and I have again urged him to take bold reform measures before it is too late," Ban said on Friday.
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Saturday, May 7th 2011
AFP
           


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