The United States is deeply concerned by recent violence throughout Yemen, and joins European Union High Representative Ashton in strongly condemning these troubling actions. We call on the Yemeni security forces to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from violence, and respect the rights of the Yemeni people to freely and peacefully assemble and express their views.
The United States commends the efforts of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to broker an agreement in support of the Yemeni people. We welcome the May 10 statement by the GCC urging parties in Yemen to sign this agreement. We call on the parties to sign and implement the terms of the agreement now to ensure an orderly, peaceful transition of power. This transition must begin immediately in order for the Yemeni people to realize their aspirations for a brighter, more prosperous and democratic future.