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GCC plan would be void if Yemeni opposition failed to lift protests

04-29-2011 08:43 BJT

SANAA, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni deputy information minister Abdu al-Janadi warned on Thursday that the opposition should accept all terms of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) plan as any violation will make the signed plan null and void.

"It's their choice! Either the opposition accepts and implements this initiative in full or rejects it in full ... the plan stipulates President Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave office within 30 days and it stipulates the opposition to lift street protest sit-ins after signing the deal," Abdu al-Janadi told reporters in a press conference in the capital of Sanaa.

"The opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) likes the first term and dislikes the other term ... either to take them together or reject both, because any selective choice will not be acceptable, even if the agreement signed."

The West-backed GCC plan - which brokered by foreign ministers of the GCC and would be signed in Riyadh on Monday, stipulated that the opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) should form a national unity government within seven days after signing the deal. Under the plan, President Saleh should leave office within 30 days in exchange for immunity from prosecution, and the new government should arrange presidential and parliamentary elections in 60 days.

Yemeni officials from both the ruling party and opposition said Tuesday that they received official invitations and would go to Riyadh next Monday to sign the deal.

"The GCC plan consists of specific items as well: one, two, three and four is the resignation of President Saleh, and until we get to the item No. four, the opposition-chaired national unity government should lift the protest sit-ins, open blocked roads, restore the provinces that occupied by military rebels and end the rebellion and rifts inside the army forces." He said.

The Yemeni official's remarks came at the same day when the ruling party and opposition exchanged accusations of seeking to abort the GCC plan through igniting clashes and committing "massacres", in reference to Wednesday's deadly clashes in Sanaa that killed 12 anti-government protesters and injured hundreds from both sides.

In his speech, al-Janadi reaffirmed that government's representatives would head for Riyadh on Monday to sign the conciliation GCC plan.

"The ruling General People's Congress party (GPC) clings to the GCC initiative and our representatives will head for Riyadh on Monday to sign it," al-Janadi said.

"And if necessary, the signature would be adopted by Ali Abdullah Saleh as the chief of the ruling party GPC, not as the President of the Republic of Yemen, because the agreement is between parties and political organizations," he added.


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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