Political Analysis

EU is planning to review its polices towards Yemen

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“The European Union is following events in Yemen with extreme concern. The EU condemnsPresident Saleh’s repeated failure to sign up to the GCC sponsored initiative. This is despiteagreement by all the political parties including the ruling party and the relentless efforts of the GulfCooperation Council and its Secretary General. Those efforts have the full backing of the EU. TheEU appreciates the constructive response from the opposition to the GCC initiative and remainscommitted to an inclusive process, in the interests of the Yemeni people. The EU calls on PresidentSaleh to follow through on his commitment to transfer power now.The EU deplores the failure by President Saleh and the Yemeni security forces to ensure safepassage of diplomats from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Sana’a on 22 May,including the GCC Secretary General and GCC, EU, United Kingdom and United StatesAmbassadors. This contradicts Yemen’s responsibilities under the Vienna Convention ondiplomatic relations.All use of violence against peaceful protesters must stop immediately. The EU supports theproposed visit of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights which should serve as afirst step towards assessing the human rights situation and helping Yemen to ensure accountability.Further deterioration in Yemen’s economic and humanitarian situation is seriously affecting theYemeni people and underlines the need for a political settlement.The Council and the EU Member States will review their policies towards Yemen and prepare theirresponse to developments accordingly.”