Russia against foreign mediation for Yemen: Lavrov

21st April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Yemen's government and its opponents should resolve their differences among themselves rather than seek foreign mediation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

"Although some of the opposition's demands in Yemen are justified, the opposing sides have to seek a solution within their state," Lavrov told a joint news conference with his Slovenian counterpart Samuel Zbogar.

Yemen's opposition "does not want to hold talks but would rather see somebody from abroad negotiate and pose demands (to the government) in its (opposition's) name," he added on a one-day visit to Slovenia.

Lavrov also commented on a meeting on Tuesday of the 15-nation United Nations Security Council, which formally debated the Yemen crisis for the first time.

"The situation there was examined and we discussed what could be done to help without worsening the development of the situation," he said.

"Such a message is important when you bear in mind that in a whole series of countries in the region, the opposition is presenting demands that might be justified but it is not ready to talk about them (with the authorities)," he added.

"It would rather see somebody from abroad do it instead," Lavrov said.

More than 130 people have been killed in protests in Yemen since January, calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster.

© 2011 AFP

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