UN council to vote on resolution condemning Yemen crackdown

October 21, 2011 04:11


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UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council will vote on a British-drafted resolution on Yemen on Friday that condemns the government crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators and says those responsible should be held accountable, diplomats said.

The vote will take place at a council meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. (1900 GMT), council diplomats said on Thursday. The Nigerian mission, which holds the council presidency this month, confirmed the diplomats' remarks.

The resolution, which Western diplomats said they hoped would win unanimous approval from the 15-nation Security Council, comes more than half a year after the protests began in the Arab world's poorest country, inspired by "Arab Spring" uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

The draft resolution, obtained by Reuters, is less than what was demanded in New York on Tuesday by Yemeni protest leader Tawakul Karman, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with two Liberian women earlier this month.

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