Saturday, 5 February 2011

Obama urges Yemenis for reconciliation and avoiding provocations

Obama calls on Yemen’s opposition to avoid provocative actions and to positively respond to President Saleh’s initiative for reconciliation. He also hails calm of Yemen’s demonstrations.

By Nasser Arrabyee/05/02/2011

The US President Barack Obama urged the Yemeni opposition parties to avoid provocative actions and to positively respond to President Saleh’s initiative for reconciliation.

On Wednesday February 2nd, 2011, President Saleh had offered concessions including that he would not stand for office when his current term ends in 2013 and that his son would not succeed him. And, in return, he asked the opposition to stop all kind protests and come up for reconciliation through dialogue.

The following day, Thursday, two massive rival rallies were held in Sana’a: one calling for removing Saleh’s regime and the other for supporting it. After three hours at most, both of the rallies ended peacefully.

The President Obam in a statement issued Saturday, February 5th, 2011, in the website of the US embassy in Yemen, said that Yemen’s security forces were restraint with the demonstrators last Thursday.

He urged both the security forces and the demonstrators to always refrain from violence.

In the statement, Obama said, “We closely followed demonstrations in Yemen on February 2 and 3.”

Yemen's security organizations made significant efforts to exercise restraint with Yemeni demonstrators, although there were reports of a few isolated outbreaks of violence outside of Sana'a.

We continue to urge Yemeni security organizations and demonstrators to refrain from violence and for the government to respect its citizens' right to peaceful assembly and expression.

President Obama spoke with President Ali Abdullah Saleh on February 2 and Secretary Clinton sent President Saleh a letter on February 3 encouraging President Saleh to continue working towards political reconciliation through dialogue and to implement his proposed reforms.

We strongly urge the opposition parties to avoid provocative actions and respond constructively to President Saleh's initiative to resolve differences through dialogue and negotiation.

We call on all parties to continue the National Dialogue and return to the negotiating table to reach an agreement that will be welcomed by, and best serve, the Yemeni people.

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