GCC to drop deal, withdraw from Yemen mediation

AP , Monday 23 May 2011

As Saleh loyalists’ surrounded the UAE Embassy, trapping various ambassadors, the GCC gave President Saleh an ultimatum: sign the transition accord or we stop mediating

A Gulf official says the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council mediating Yemen's power transfer will drop the US-backed deal and withdraw from mediation if Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh doesn't sign it by the end of the Sunday.

The warning came as a mob of armed Saleh loyalists encircled the United Arab Emirates Embassy, trapping the US, British, Saudi and European ambassadors inside. Saleh was to have signed the deal Sunday.

The pact gives Saleh immunity from prosecution if he steps down within 30 days. He has faced near daily protests for an end to his 32-year rule.

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