Yemen rejects foreign 'interference'
Yemen rejected any interference in its internal affairs and expressed "regret" over France's criticism of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.
"Resolving the political crisis in Yemen is a Yemeni affair and the Republic of Yemen does not accept orders from any party... and rejects any interference in its internal affairs," said the ministry, quoted by state news agency Saba.
An official also "expressed Yemen's regret" over French criticism on Monday about Saleh's failure to ink a Gulf-brokered accord on giving up power after months of deadly anti-regime protests.
"This new U-turn is irresponsible and unacceptable," French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero had told reporters.
"By going back on his commitments, President Saleh bears responsibility for this failure and its consequences for the Yemeni people and the international community," he added.
"If President Saleh persists in refusing to respect his commitments, France is ready to take up all the consequences, with the European Union and its European partners," he said, without giving details of possible measures.
Saleh on Sunday warned against "civil war" when he refused to sign the transition plan, which would have seen him step down after more than three decades in power in return for immunity from prosecution.
Clashes broke out between supporters of opposition tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar and police in Sanaa on Monday in which six people were killed, tribal sources and state media said.
© 2011 AFP