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Yemen president gets stern warning from Obama press secretary

Yemeni Protestor Faces 4-3-11

Statement by Press Secretary Jay Carney on violence in Yemen, as provided by the White House

The United States strongly condemns the use of violence by Yemeni government forces against demonstrators in Sanaa, Taiz and Hodeida in the past several days. 

The Yemeni people have a right to demonstrate peacefully, and we remindYemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh Jay Carney ponders a media question 2-11 President Ali Abdullah Saleh of his responsibility to ensure the safety and security of Yemenis who are exercising their universal right to engage in political expression.

We call upon the Government of Yemen to conduct full investigations into these events and to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. 

The United States strongly supports the Yemeni people in their quest for greater opportunity and their pursuit of political and economic reform that will fulfill their aspirations. 

President Saleh needs to resolve the political impasse with the opposition so that meaningful political change can take place in the near term in an orderly and peaceful manner.  

We call upon all sides to engage in a constructive political dialogue and to chart a course that puts Yemen’s unity, progress and future prosperity ahead of individual agendas.     ####


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Photo: Yahya Arhab / EPA (Protestors' faces in Yemen this week); Associated Press (Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh); Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press (Carney).

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This guy must go.He has been ruling Yemen for over 30years and nothing of value has been achieved to introduce this middle age country into modernity.All foreign aid used mesteriously find its way to Saleh's pocket, even world bBank assistance was no exception.Any further delay in resolving this conflict,Yemen may drift to become another Somali.

President Ali Abdullah is shaking in his boots now.

That makes sense after all. We're probably going to tell all of the Arab countries what to do, and if they don't comply -- we're going to topple them either covertly or overtly. I smell the makings of the New World Order. Just wait until we go after Saudi Arabia. Oil and gasoline -- along with the corresponding cost of food -- will drive us little people into the poorhouse, begging our masters to rescue us. I believe the rescue will come, but with some major strings attached and in the form of the vaunted New World Order, which the elites of the Western world have been talking about for decades. I picture them rubbing their greedy, blood-stained hands in delight at what's about to befall us.

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