New York

21 May 2012

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

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack that took place in Sana’a today during a rehearsal for a military parade, reportedly killing at least 96 soldiers and wounding more than 300.  This criminal act cannot be justified by any cause.  Its perpetrators must be held accountable.  The Secretary-General expresses his deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous act and their families, as well as to the people and Government of Yemen.

The Secretary-General calls on all in Yemen to reject the use of violence in all its forms and manifestations, and expects them to play a full and constructive role in implementing Yemen’s political Transition Agreement, in accordance with  Security Council resolution 2014 (2011).