Berlin urges Yemen to accept GCC mediation

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Germany called Wednesday on Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh to accept a Gulf Cooperation Council mediation offer, a day after violence claimed 38 lives in the country.

"The dangerous worsening of the situation is deeply worrying, and we call on all parties to exercise utmost restraint," foreign ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke told a regular news conference.

"We call on President Saleh not to seek to wait out the situation, and to seriously consider and accept the mediation offer made by the Gulf Cooperation Council," he added.

Yemen's wealthy Gulf neighbours have called for an immediate halt to the bloody clashes between regime supporters and armed clansmen, as well as Saleh's departure from office.

The European Union might take new measures to up pressure on the regime "should President Saleh stubbornly hang on," Peschke added.

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday also called on Saleh to "immediately" honour his promise to cede power.

"We call upon President Saleh to move immediately on his commitment to transfer power," Obama said, at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London.

© 2011 AFP

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