Yemen celebrates first anniversary of transition agreementListen /
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday commended Yemen on the occasion of the first anniversary of its historic transition agreement and he urged Yemenis to build on the progress made over the past 12 months.
The historic transition agreement was signed on 23 November 2011.
It provided for former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, helping to end violence in the country and setting it on a path of democratic transition.
“Only a year ago, Yemen came perilously close to widespread conflict. Youth movements were out in the streets campaigning for peaceful change. The streets of Sanaa and other major cities were the scene of armed confrontation, including shelling. Today, calm has returned to most parts of this country. Ordinary people who suffered first and foremost during times of upheaval can go about their business again.”
The Secretary-General was in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa on Monday to celebrate the anniversary.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.