New York, 31 May 2011 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on YemenThe Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the reports of excessive use of force by Yemeni security forces against unarmed demonstrators in Taiz and the escalating fighting in Sana'a and other cities leaving scores of civilians dead, wounded and displaced. He urges the Government and tribesmen engaged in violent confrontations in Sana'a to return to an immediate cease-fire allowing negotiations to take place.
The Secretary-General believes that all Yemenis should work towards defusing tensions and come together in a spirit of national unity for the sake of peace and stability in Yemen.
Statements on 31 May 2011
- Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 31 May 2011 - Secretary-General's message to the Caribbean Regional Seminar on Implementation of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism [delivered by Ms. Laura Vaccari, Chief of the Decolonization Unit, Department of Political Affairs]
- New York, 31 May 2011 - Secretary-General's Remarks to the Conference on Promoting the Global Instruments of Non-proliferation and Disarmament: The United Nations and the Nuclear Challenge [As delivered]
- New York, 31 May 2011 - Secretary-General's message to special event on "Forging Closer Links Between Africa and the Diaspora" on the Occasion of Africa Day 2011, organized by the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union [delivered by Mr. B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs]
- New York, 31 May 2011 - Secretary-General's message on World No Tobacco Day