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(P)GCC's Yemen Mediation Effort Fails

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TEHRAN, June 1 (ICANA) – Yemen's opposition says the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) has ended its mediation efforts, over a week after the country's embattled president declined to sign a power transition deal.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:09:19 PM
(P)GCC's Yemen Mediation Effort Fails

"This agreement is terminated," opposition spokesman Mohammed Qahtan told AFP on Tuesday.

The (P)GCC brokered the deal on May 23 and called on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to cede power to the Yemeni vice president within 30 days after signing the agreement in exchange for immunity from prosecution by parliament.

However Saleh has backed out of the (P)GCC transition deal three times, despite the fact that his own party and members of the opposition signed it.

Qahtan said the termination of the (P)GCC mediation efforts was announced by the United Arab Emirates in a letter to the UAE ambassador to Sana'a.

The United Arab Emirates currently holds the group's rotating presidency.

Earlier on Tuesday, seven people were killed in the city of Taizz after security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters.

The clashes erupted after a truce between tribesmen and regime forces broke down.

Scores of tribesmen and regime forces have also lost their lives in clashes between security forces and tribesmen since Saleh refused to sign the deal.

In addition, hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for demonstrations in Yemen's major cities almost every day since late January, calling for an end to corruption and unemployment and demanding the ouster of Saleh, who has been in office since 1978.

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