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Yemeni president calls for dialogue on GCC deal to end standoff

08-01-2011 09:01 BJT

SANAA, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is in Saudi Arabia for treatment after being injured in June, called the opposition on Sunday to restart Gulf-mediated dialogue to end prolonged political crisis.

"On the occasion of holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, I called the opposition coalition to be committed to a dialogue based on the peaceful power-transition initiative brokered earlier by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as well as the conciliation efforts by the UN envoy to Yemen in order to resolve the long- running political crisis that hit our homeland," Saleh said in a statement carried by the state-run Saba news agency.

The opposition Joint Meeting Parties signed in May the GCC initiative that stipulated Saleh to resign in 30 days and hold presidential elections within 60 days. The veteran president, however, backed out of singing the GCC deals for three times.

UN envoy Jamal bin Omar who spent two weeks in Yemen to bid a compromise between Saleh's ruling party and the opposition said at a press conference on Monday that "both sides have laid down several new conditions that hinder attempts to reach a reconciliation deal."

Saleh reiterated that "the dialogue is the only peaceful solution to resolve such standoff and end violence, sabotage and extremism," as he warned against what he said the opposition JMP's stance by saying "violence only begets violence and wars."

"The power-related political change, which everyone seeks to achieve, could not be realized through violence, promoting a culture of hatred, political assassination attempts or by military coups ... but through democratic and fair means, which we are trying to do with our brothers in the opposition JMP," Saleh said.

The UN envoy warned on Friday that Yemen's security may collapse if the two political rivals fail to reach a compromise soon.

The embattled president, who has faced protests that demand 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 Saleh 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 the first week of August to resume his presidential duties."

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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