G8 says Yemen leader must quit, as agreed

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Posted: May 27, 2011 4:03 AM
G8 says Yemen leader must quit, as agreed

DEAUVILLE, France (Reuters) - The Group of Eight leaders condemned violence by Yemeni forces against peaceful protesters and called on President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Friday to stick to his commitment to end his 33-year rule.

"We condemn the use of violence in response to peaceful protest throughout Yemen," the G8 leaders said in a communique to be released after a two-day summit in France.

"We urge President Saleh to immediately follow through on his commitments and ensure that the legitimate aspirations of the Yemeni people are addressed," the group added in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

The leaders called for "a peaceful and orderly transition."

(Reporting by Luke Baker, editing by Alastair Macdonald)