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Yemen/departure of President Saleh

Published on June 6, 2011
Yemen – Joint statement by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain¹

Paris, June 6, 2011

We take note of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure from Yemen and are grateful to Saudi Arabia for receiving him on its territory for urgent medical assistance.

After months of troubles and violence that have inflicted considerable suffering to the people of Yemeni and caused much destruction, we urge all Yemeni civilian and military leaders to respect the truce initiated by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

We call on the Yemeni people to find the way to reconciliation in a spirit of dialogue and national unity, in particular on the basis of the proposals presented in the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s initiative, which we fully support, in order for the Yemeni people to be able to democratically choose its leader. We stand ready to fully support the Yemenis in this move./.

¹ Source of English text: 10 Downing Street website.

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