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US Urges Yemen’s Saleh to Step Down

May 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The United States, France and Canada have called for the resignation of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh after demonstrations there threaten to turn itno outright civil war.

The mounting threat of civil war will put the crisis in Yemen high on the agenda of Group of Eight talks in the northern French seaside town of Deauville, with world leaders keen to get the matter discussed by the U.N. Security Council as quickly as possible, a European diplomat told Reuters.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking in France, urged all sides to immediately cease violence, and a French foreign ministry spokesman told reporters at a G8 forum that France blamed the latest bloodshed on Saleh’s refusal to sign a transition deal.

“We call on all sides, on all sides, to immediately cease the violence,” Clinton told a news conference in Paris.

“We continue to support a united and stable Yemen and we continue to support the departure of President Saleh who has consistently agreed that he would be stepping down from power and then consistently reneged on those agreements,” she said.

More than 40 people have been killed since Monday in violence that threatens to spread into other areas of Sanaa.