Yemen FM blames opposition for ongoing violence

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Posted: Sep 27, 2011 11:33 AM
Yemen FM blames opposition for ongoing violence

Yemen's foreign minister says the opposition movement's refusal to accept the results of the 2006 presidential elections are to blame for the country's current crisis _ one that could escalate into a civil war.

Abu Bakr al-Qirbi also told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that President Ali Abdullah Saleh is committed to a U.S.-backed Gulf Cooperation Council initiative as a means to ending the crisis in the beleaguered nation that has left hundreds dead.

Al-Qirbi says Saleh's government is committed to democracy and reform, but the opposition has co-opted the youth-driven protests as a way of trying to oust Saleh after he won a resounding victory in the 2006 elections.

He says the violence and unrest threatens to spark a civil war in the country.