Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Friends of Yemen urge clear timetable for constitution referendum, elections  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) - 30/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Friends of Yemen urged the government in Sanaa to set out a clear timetable for a referendum on a constitution and subsequent elections in order to end the political, economic and security crises affecting the country.

"The Friends of Yemen reiterate that the only way to a united, peaceful, stable and prosperous Yemen is through the implementation of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Initiative," the group of 39 nations and organisations, meeting in London on Tuesday, said in their final communique.

They also stressed "the importance of communicating to the Yemeni people the outcomes of the NDC (National Dialogue Conference), the work of the Constitution Drafting Committee, and subsequent steps in the transition." The document welcomed "the confidence-building measures taken, in particular the steps to implement the 20 points recommended by the NDC's preparatory technical committee and the 11 points approved by the NDC on southern and Sa'ada issues." They welcomed UN Security Council resolution 2140 of February 26, which established a Sanctions Committee and Panel of Experts with a view to applying measures against individuals or entities engaged in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen.

These acts were identified, in particular, as "obstructing or undermining the successful completion of political transition or impeding the implementation of the outcomes of the final report of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference through violence, planning, directing, or committing acts that violate applicable international human rights law or international humanitarian law." The NDC's recommendation to pass a law on transitional justice and establish a commission to investigate the alleged human rights violations in 2011 was welcomed.

Work that has begun to establish an independent National Human Rights Institution was also welcomed, however, the document added that, "for Yemen's human rights situation to improve, the government should work without delay to enshrine the NDC's recommendations into the new constitution and enforce them by law." On the economic scale, the Friends of Yemen noted the continuing need for economic and governance reform, including tackling corruption, investment in infrastructure, and increased provision of basic services to set Yemen on the path tostability and self-sufficiency.


They encouraged the Government of Yemen to swiftly identify a timetable for economic reform, take decisions on critical areas of reform to increase the pace of pledge disbursement and signal a commitment to meaningful reform, chiefly by tackling fuel subsidies to alleviate the looming fiscal crisis and prioritise resources towards those who need them.

They also called on the Yemeni government to increase economic stability by continuing negotiations to secure an IMF programme.

On addressing Yemen's manpower and unemployment issues, "this should take the form of job creation, training of Yemeni labour, and encouraging foreign direct investment to create employment opportunities inside Yemen," added the document.

Speaking of humanitarian challenges, the document read that, "in spite of the progress made during the political transition the overall humanitarian challenges remain largely unchanged 14.7 million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

It added, that some "10.5 million people are food insecure, 8.6 million people have insufficient access to health services, more than one million children are suffering from acute malnutrition and 13 million people still lack access to clean water and sanitation."

The group of nations condemned the deadly terrorist attacks in Yemen, and confirmed their commitment to the government's drive to establish and implement counter-terrorism legislation and continue efforts to combat terrorism, smuggling and piracy.

The document denounced all forms of violence and armed confrontations and called on political parties to refrain from any acts undermining, or contradictory to, the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

The foreign ministers agreed to establish a Steering Committee and Working Groups in each of the three areas. The Groups will report back to the Steering Committee which will report to the annual Friends of Yemen meetings to be held at Foreign Minister Level in the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York each September.

The Friends of Yemen Group was formed in 2010 to find appropriate solutions to the impoverished situation of the southeastern Arab country before and after the year-long popular revolution that removed former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011.

 


Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)




  MENA News Headlines
 May 25 2016 - PAAFR, FAO to execute key projects in KuwaitKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, May 25 (KUNA) -- The Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAFR) have signed agreements with the Food and Agriculture Organization ...

 May 25 2016 - Kuwaiti oil price down 33 cents to USD41.78 pbKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, May 25 (KUNA) -- The price for Kuwaiti oil went down 33 cents on Tuesday to settle at USD 41.78 per barrel (pb) after being at USD 42.11 pb last Monday, ...

 May 25 2016 - Tunisia keen on promoting social development cooperation with Kuwait - Min. Bin RamadhanKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) By Khaled Jabbar TUNIS, May 25 (KUNA) -- Tunisia is working with Kuwait on promoting a solid cooperation on social development while a relevant memorandum of ...

 May 25 2016 - Kuwait's youth inspired by Japan's manufacturing innovation, entrepreneurshipKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) By Miyoko Ishigami OSAKA, Japan, May 25 (KUNA) -- Young manufacturing professionals from Kuwait led by Dr. Souhaila Al-Muttawa, faculty member of the ...

 May 25 2016 - Eurozone agrees to release next bailout funding for GreeceKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) BRUSSELS, May 25 (KUNA) -- Finance ministers of the 19-member Eurogrpup have agreed to unlock the next tranche of bailout to Greece, worth EUR 10.3 billion, after ...

 May 25 2016 - Kuwait protects environment with strict laws - Min. Al-OmairKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, May 25 (KUNA) -- Kuwait is taking serious measures to protect the environment and natural resources, said Minister of Public Works and Minister of ...

 May 25 2016 - Kuwait crude oil exports to S. Korea down 2.5 pctKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) TOKYO, May 25 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's crude oil exports to South Korea in April fell 2.5 percent from a year earlier to 9.88 million barrels, or 329,000 barrels per ...

 May 25 2016 - Kuwait's nat'l security apparatus chief meets Chechen Pres.Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) MOSCOW, May 25 (KUNA) -- Chief of Kuwait's National Security Apparatus Sheikh Thamer Ali Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah met with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov in ...

 May 25 2016 - Saudi's Vision 2030 repositions its economic situationMENAFN
(MENAFN) Saudi Arabia plans to overcome its relaince on oil and integrate its economy and markets on an international scale, in order to attract more foreign investors.Moreover, Vision 2030 will ...

 May 25 2016 - Saudi, Egypt agree on USD 3.6bn property projectMENAFN
(MENAFN) The USD 3.6bn Mountain View iCity was proclaimed, Egypt's biggest next project which is a joint venture between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.Furthermore, the project reaffirms the confidence ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help