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Article TitleRussia ready to consider UN Security Council draft resolution on Yemen
SourceITAR-TASS Daily , October  11, 2011
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Russia ready to consider UN Security Council draft resolution on Yemen

UNITED NATIONS, October 11 (Itar-Tass) -- Western countries will initiate a UN Security Council resolution appealing for the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Anti-governmental protest rallies have been on for several months to demand the resignation of Saleh, who took the office 33 years ago.

Russia is ready to discuss this draft resolution if it sends "a constructive and positive message of the UN Security Council," Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Tuesday.

"We want the crisis [in Yemen] to end," he said after the Yemeni debates at the morning session of the UN Security Council. "If a constructive and positive message is sent, and we believe that the UN Security Council can urge the sides to abstain from violence and to reach an agreement, we will be ready to discuss it," he said.

"It is time to reach an agreement" between the conflicting sides in Yemen, Churkin said. He said he was concerned about the crisis, "which had been developing for several months and caused regional consequences."

The UN Security Council appealed to all the parties to the Yemeni conflict on September 24 to quit violence, including that against unarmed civilian population, and to show self-control. It also called on the Yemeni sides to start a transitional political process open to everyone and led by the Yemenis on the basis of the initiative of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG), which met the interests and needs of the Yemeni people.

CCASG countries, which acted as intermediaries in the Yemeni conflict settlement on April 3, 2011, think that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh should immediately sign the plan of power transfer they have offered. Saleh kept accepting and rejecting the initiative since then.

The president was heavily injured in Sana'a on June 3 and spent three months of therapy in Saudi ...

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