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EU to discu sanctions on Yemen's Saleh next week

PARIS | 11/8/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Europe will discuss freezing the assets of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his entourage next week as the bloc tries to make him to stand down in line with a deal brokered by Gulf Arab states, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Nov. 7.

Europe will discuss freezing the assets of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his entourage next week as the bloc tries to make him to stand down in line with a deal brokered by Gulf Arab states, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Nov. 7.

“I think asset freezes will be discussed as soon as possible” Juppe said after meeting Yemeni Nobel peace laureate Tawakul Karman in Paris. The matter was on the agenda of next week’s foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels next week, he said. Nine months of anti-government protests have paralyzed Yemen, pushing it to the brink of civil war, but failing to dislodge Saleh, who has ruled for 33 years.

Karman said the international community had to do more against Saleh and his government which she said continued to “let blood flow” in her country on a daily basis. “We need more action,” she said. “We want you to freeze the assets of Saleh and his people and that action is taken at the International Criminal Court as he is a war criminal.”

Compiled from AFP and Reuters stories by the Daily News staff

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