16 July 2012

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

Secretary-General Welcomes Official Launch of Preparatory Process

for Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the official launch of the preparatory process for the National Dialogue Conference in Yemen.  In this regard, he notes the appointment by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi of a representative preparatory committee tasked to prepare the ground for the Conference.  He commends President Hadi, as well as the Government and people of Yemen, for their determination to keep the transition process on track.  The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, has just concluded a two-week mission to Yemen during which he engaged with all Yemeni sides to support preparations for the National Dialogue and other transition tasks.  The National Dialogue will be an opportunity for all actors in Yemen to collectively establish a new social contract and achieve national reconciliation.

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