Tuesday, June 7, 2011

EU promotes solutions to Yemen, Saleh promises to return

.- The United States and Saudi Arabia on Monday rushed to negotiate a transfer of power to ensure the long government of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, after he left the country to recover from injuries. However, a senior official said Saleh, who is convalescing in Saudi Arabia, will return to their homeland in a few days, something that surely provoke a new outbreak of violence between security forces and tribes bent on overthrowing.

Combatants on both sides were deployed on the streets of the capital, and a truce negotiated by just a day before Saudi Arabia began to crumble. At least six people died in clashes. Saleh was taken to a hospital in the Saudi capital on Saturday night for treatment of injuries suffered in a rocket attack the presidential palace.

His departure sparked celebrations among hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets since February to demand his ouster. To them it seemed inevitable that Saleh could not return. But Vice President Mansour Hadi Abed Rabbo, the interim leader while the president is absent, he told European ambassadors on Monday that Saleh will return.

"Saleh's health has greatly improved and he returned to the country in the coming days," said Vice President According to the state agency. Saleh had surgery to remove pieces of wood of the chest and heal burns. A resurgence of violence could push the impoverished country into civil war.

U.S. fears that the arm of Al-Qaeda in Yemen could use the instability to strengthen its presence in the country, which has been used by the terrorist organization as a base to plan two attempted attacks against U.S. interests. "We are calling for a peaceful and orderly transition, a transition is consistent with the constitution of Yemen, "said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"We believe that an immediate transition would be best for the Yemeni people." Saudi Arabia, United States, some Arab nations and the Yemeni undertook intensive diplomatic efforts to achieve a transfer of power, said a U.S. official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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