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Declaration by the Presidency on the behalf of the EU on the deterioration of the security situation in Yemen

The EU firmly supports the Government and people of Yemen in addressing the country's economic, political, security and social challenges. While acknowledging the need for the Government of Yemen to maintain security within its borders, the EU remains concerned by the recent escalation of the fighting around Sa'dah and the expansion of the conflict to the outskirts of Sana'a and other areas. Based on the assessment of needs and access to victims, the EU remains ready to consider urgent humanitarian assistance to victims, including the worrying number of internally displaced people. The EU calls on the Government of Yemen to do all it can to ensure that innocent civilians are not caught up in the conflict.

The EU considers that only a political solution can achieve lasting peace, and calls on all parties to show restraint and to work actively towards a negotiated settlement along the lines of the February 2008 agreement.

The European Union remains committed to reinforcing its partnership with Yemen in close co-operation with regional partners, especially the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC). The stability of Yemen is crucial for the people of Yemen and for the region as a whole.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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Date: 13.06.2008