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Japan Urges Yemen Not to Use Force Against Peaceful Demonstrators

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Japan today "strongly urged" the government of Yemen to respond to peaceful demonstrators in a restrained manner and to refrain from the use of violence against them.

A statement by the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo expressed "great regret at the deaths totaling more than 300 people and a large number of injuries resulting from a series of incidents in Yemen when the Yemen security forces and others on Sunday (September 18) and Monday (September 19) opened fire on demonstrators in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, resulting in many deaths and injuries."

In order for Yemen to avoid further conflict and to restore its stability, Japan strongly expects that the initiative offered by the Gulf Cooperation Council be signed at the earliest possible date, leading to the implementation of peaceful transition of power, the statement said.

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