Paris, October 24, 2011
At a time when Yemen is facing the tragic effects of a crisis that has gone on for far too long, the Security Council has just unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the Yemeni President to immediately and unconditionally engage in a political transition on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative. France applauds the fact that Security Council is condemning human rights violations and calling for an end to the violence and for the organization of a political transition.
France calls on the Yemeni President to heed the international community’s strong message and show that he is equal to his responsibilities by agreeing to, and immediately implementing, a full, peaceful transfer of power in order to respond to the aspirations of the Yemeni people and allow the conslidation of a stable, secure, united, democratic Yemen.
France is also pleased that this matter remains before the Security Council and that it has asked the Secretary-General for a report within 30 days on the resolution’s implementation.
France resolutely supports this latest sign of the Security Council’s support for the legitimate, democratic aspirations currently sweeping the region and hopes the Council will show the same determination with respect to other, similar crises under way./.