US concerned over violence in Yemen

The United States has expressed strong concern over the unabated violence in Yemen and called for an "open process" to address the legitimate needs and aspirations of the Yemeni people.

Last Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 09:04 AM IST

Washington: The United States has
expressed strong concern over the unabated violence in Yemen and called for an "open process" to address the legitimate
needs and aspirations of the Yemeni people.

"We are concerned about and are monitoring the
situation in Yemen. We`ve seen reports of further violence,
and that is a concern, and we`ve been very clear about our
views on the need that all sides refrain from violence, that
there be an open process that addresses the legitimate needs
and aspirations of the Yemeni people," White House Press
Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

"We support a dialogue, a political dialogue, and
(Yamenese) President Saleh has publicly indicated his
willingness to engage in a peaceful transition of power, and
we believe the timing and form of that transition should be
accomplished through dialogue and negotiation," Carney said.

He acknowledged that during this political unrest in
Yemen, the United States is concerned that al-Qaeda and other
groups will attempt to take advantage of the power vacuum.

"That`s one of the reasons why we urge political
dialogue to take place and a timetable for this transition that President Saleh has talked about to be begun," he said.
"But we believe that we can and will work with the government of Yemen on these very important matters. And
they`re not focused on one individual.

"Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is of great
concern to the United States, which is why we put so much work
in our counterterrorism efforts with the government of Yemen
and with those who can be partners with us around the region
and the world in combating the terrorist activities of AQAP," Carney said.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said US believes that Yemeni people should determine both the scope of change
and the pace of change when a transition, a peaceful
transition of power, takes place that meets their aspirations.

"We continue to consult intensively, both here and in
Sana`a with the parties, and our ultimate goal is a peaceful
solution," he said, adding there was a gap between what Saleh
said and what people have asked for.

"In our discussions both with the government and with
the opposition, that we`re helping, or talking about bridging
that gap. Our goal here is to see a peaceful solution to the
violence and to the crisis, one that meets the Yemeni people`s
aspirations that need to be addressed," Toner said.

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