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Statement on Violence in Yemen

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The United States regrets the deaths and injuries of many people during protest marches in Sana’a yesterday.  In this tense situation, we call upon all parties to exercise restraint.  In particular, we call on the parties to refrain from actions that provoke further violence.  We reject actions that undermine productive efforts underway to achieve a political resolution to the current crisis.

The United States continues to support a peaceful and orderly transition in Yemen, one which addresses the Yemeni people’s aspirations for peace and security.  We remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached that leads to the signing of the GCC Initiative within one week.