28 April 2011

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

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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