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UN chief hails signing of political settlement agreement on Yemen

11-24-2011 09:13 BJT Special Report:Yemen’s Saleh Signs Power Transfer Deal |

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday welcomed the signing of a political settlement agreement on Yemen, calling it marked "an important step" for the people of Yemen in moving their country forward towards a better future.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban acknowledged the commitment of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh to enable the transition process to begin.

He also noted the constructive roles played by Vice-President Hadi, as well as the representatives of the General People's Congress, and the National Council for the Peaceful Revolutionary Forces for concluding this agreement, and welcomed the important role played by the Gulf Cooperation Council, members of the Security Council and the European Union in promoting a peaceful transition.

Saleh signed the Gulf-brokered power transfer deal in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on Wednesday evening, reports said.

Under the deal, which Saleh backed out on signing three times at the last minute, the president would resign and hand over power to his deputy Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in return for immunity from prosecution. Hadi would then form an opposition-led national government and arrange presidential elections in 60 days.

"The people of Yemen have endured great suffering and hardship, " Ban said, calling on all sides "to honor their commitments made in the Agreement in good faith with a view to its full implementation, immediately ceasing all violent acts, refraining from any further provocations, and working towards a fully inclusive transition process that is responsive to the legitimate demands of the Yemeni people."

He said that the United Nations is fully committed to assisting the people of Yemen in bringing the envisaged transition process towards a successful conclusion.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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