Britain urges Yemen to 'respect' protesters

15th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain called Tuesday on Yemen to "respect the people's right to peaceful protest and listen to their legitimate grievances," following recent demonstrations in the troubled Middle Eastern country.

"All Yemenis have a right to express their views in a peaceful and open manner and I am extremely concerned by reports of increasing violence and the excessive use of force by security forces," Alistair Burt, minister for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement.

"I call on the government of Yemen to respect the people's right to peaceful protest and listen to their legitimate grievances. The Yemeni authorities should respond positively to these concerns," he added.

Britain called on "all parties to come together quickly to find a negotiated and democratic solution to these issues in order to provide a solid basis for long term stability and prosperity in Yemen."


© 2011 AFP

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