UN envoy leaves Yemen to brief Security Council

October 3, 2011 22:12


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SANAA - A United Nations envoy left Yemen on Monday to brief the Security Council on what appeared to be a fruitless effort to end the crisis in the Arab country where protesters are demanding the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Jamal Benomar had spent two weeks in Yemen trying to reach a deal but departed without announcing any breakthrough after days of mediating between the government and the opposition.

"There is a limit to Yemenis' patience, and the responsibility to break this stalemate and put Yemen on the path to peaceful transition, reform and recovery rests on the shoulders of all the Yemeni leadership," state news agency SABA quoted Benomar as saying before leaving.

Western countries are hoping to step up pressure on Saleh to step down with a proposed Security Council resolution that would urge Yemen to stick with a Gulf-brokered transition process.

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