"1. Ahead of the 19th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the EU reaffirms its strong support to the Human Rights Council and welcomes the progress made in performing its mandate over the last year.
The EU fully supports the transition process in Yemen and the early Presidential elections of 21 February 2012. These elections will allow Yemen to turn a new page in its history and to engage in a two year transition process, which aims at carrying out a comprehensive national dialogue and drafting a new constitution that shall respond to the legitimate demands of the Yemeni people. The elections will provide an opportunity for the Yemeni people to vote for a new Yemen and to express their support to the peaceful transfer of power and the political transition process.
M. Hugues Mingarelli, Managing Director for the Middle East and Southern Neighborhood at the European External Action Service, will carry out a visit to Yemen from 24 to 27 of January 2012. This visit of the top European Union official responsible for the region aims at reaffirming the unequivocal political support of the EU to the transition process in Yemen and to the Yemeni people. M. Mingarelli will sign two financial agreements, for a total amount of 18 M€, one aimed at promoting human rights and child protection, the other focused on sustainable employment generation.
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission made today the following statement:
"Today I called Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi of Yemen, to underline my firm support for his efforts to lead the way in taking forward Yemen’s political transition on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative.
The Council today approved the concept for a new Common Security and Defence Policy mission to support regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean states. This decision kicks off operational planning for the mission.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission
Strasbourg, 27 September 2011
Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament This years UN General Assembly took place at a time of huge change and growing tension in the world. The combination of the economic crisis, the Arab spring and the stalled Middle East peace process creates a volatile mix. Europe must respond to the challenge - both at home and abroad.
The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and
Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:
"The High Representative deplores the many deaths and injuries following the demonstrations in
Sana'a on 18-19 September. In this volatile situation, it is crucial to exercise restraint, avoid
provocative action, refrain from further violence and take immediate steps to de-escalate the
situation. Perpetrators of the violence should be held accountable
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, issued the following statement last night:
"I call on the government to work with all parties in Yemen, in order immediately to take forward Yemen’s political transition. Individual and party differences must be set aside in favour of the broader interests of the Yemeni nation. The initiative put forward by the Gulf Cooperation Council remains the key point of reference for Yemen’s transition.