New York

19 September 2011

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Yemen

The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the escalation of violence in Yemen. He calls on all sides to exercise utmost restraint and desist from provocative actions. He strongly condemns the excessive use of force by government security forces against unarmed protestors in the capital Sana'a, resulting in scores of people killed and many more injured.

The Secretary-General calls on the authorities to protect civilians and uphold their obligations under applicable international law.

The Secretary-General urges all political players to engage closely with UN Special Adviser Jamal Benomar who is currently in Sana'a to continue his good offices, working closely with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and other international partners with a view to facilitating a peaceful solution to the ongoing political impasse.