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UAE voices grave concern over Yemen

posted on 21/09/2011: 850 views

The UAE expressed great concern about the deteriorating situation in Yemen.

"The United Arab Emirates urged the Yemeni authorities to stop the bloodshed and restore security and stability, and noted the efforts of the Gulf Cooperation Council to contribute to put an end to the crisis and prevent its further deterioration,” the UAE Permanent Representative to the European headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Obaid Salem Al Za'abi, told the Human Rights Council interactive dialogue on the basis of the report of the High Commissioner on the visit of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to Yemen.

"Concerning the replies of Yemen to the recommendations included in the report, it was noted that the Government continued to aim to implement the recommendations, including the independent investigation of allegations of human rights violations, bringing those responsible to justice and providing reparations to victims. The United Arab Emirates supported measures to solve this crisis,” he added.

He called on the international community to urge disputing parties in Yemen to adopt serious and responsible dialogue as the only way out of the political crisis.

Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-wha Kang, presenting the High Commissioner's report on Yemen, said the delegation undertook a mission to Yemen from 28 June to 6 July 2011 to assess the human rights situation in the country. The Deputy High Commissioner said that the recommendations of the Mission were for the Government of Yemen to end all attacks against civilians in full compliance with their obligations under international law; the unconditional release of all people detained for peaceful protests; and for the Government to conduct independent investigations into credible allegations of serious human right violations.

Abu Bekr Abdullah Al-Qirbi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yemen, speaking as a concerned country, said Yemen believed that democracy and human rights constituted an integral indivisible system that could not be split or divided. The Government of Yemen welcomed regional and international efforts aimed at finding a political solution on the basis of the constitution and democracy in order to strengthen the principle of peaceful transfer of power and prevent Yemen from descending into a cycle of violence and conflict. The President was keen to properly and safely implement the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative to transfer power and to maintain the unity, security and safety of Yemen.

In the interactive dialogue, speakers noted that the Government of Yemen had cooperated with the Mission and was seriously considering all the recommendations mentioned in the report. They commended the Government of Yemen for its open and responsive approach and noted that political will would be critical to resolving the crisis. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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