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Concerned by Violent Clashes in Yemen, Secretary-General Reiterates
Call on Authorities to Uphold Responsibility to Protect Civilians
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General is concerned by the violent clashes that erupted yesterday during demonstrations in Sana’a, reportedly resulting in the deaths of 12 people and injuries to several hundred.
The Secretary-General welcomes the efforts being made to promote a peaceful transition that will be acceptable to all. He appeals to all concerned in Yemen to exercise utmost restraint and desist from provocative acts. The Secretary-General emphasizes that broadly inclusive political dialogue and mutual understanding are critically important for overcoming the current crisis and preserving the country’s unity and integrity.
The Secretary-General reiterates his call on the Yemeni authorities to uphold their responsibility to protect civilians and abide by international human rights obligations.
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