Since Monday (23 May) Sana’a has been the scene of violent clashes between forces loyal to the regime and rival elites. Many civilians have been killed in this bitter struggle for power. The renewed violence has been triggered by President Saleh’s rejection of all attempts at mediation.
Today (27 May) Minister of State Werner Hoyer issued the following statement on the situation:
“The time is now approaching when the European Union will need to consider and decide on further measures, including targeted sanctions.
The escalating violence in Sana’a must be stopped at once. I expect maximum restraint from all parties.
President Saleh is called upon to sign immediately the Gulf Cooperation Council’s mediation plan, hand over power and let the country make a peaceful new start.”
Under the Gulf Cooperation Council plan, President Saleh would step down within 30 days and a new national unity government would be formed for the transition period. During this period presidential elections would be held and a new constitution drafted.