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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Notes to correspondents

Note to correspondents: Statement by the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Yemen, Mr. Jamal Benomar

New York, 7 August 2012

The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Yemen welcomes the decrees adopted by the President of Yemen, Mr. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on 6 August 2012 concerning the restructuring of the Yemeni security sector.  The issuance of these decrees mark an important step in implementing Yemen's November 2011 Transition Agreement  to "create the necessary conditions and take the necessary steps to integrate the armed forces under unified, national and professional leadership in the context of the rule of law" as set forth in the Agreement.  Special Adviser Benomar supports these measures and calls on all concerned to work together to ensure the effective implementation of these decrees, which are essential to promoting peace and stability in Yemen.