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Saleh Ties Signing of Yemen Deal to International Guarantees

October 19, 2011

(Adds U.S. State Department comment from fourth paragraph.)

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he is ready to sign an agreement for a handover of power if there are guarantees for its implementation from Gulf nations, the U.S. and Europe.

Saleh also said the opposition must show “good intention” that the accord would be put in place, he said today in a televised address.

A proposed United Nations resolution calls on Saleh to implement the Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered deal, under which he would resign and transfer power to his deputy in return for immunity from prosecution for his family and inner circle.

The U.S. wants to see Saleh go, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said today.

“He’s reneged on his promise to sign the agreement several times now,” Toner said. “This agreement has been carefully vetted by all the parties” and should move ahead, Toner said.

--Editor: Steven Komarow

--Editors: Steven Komarow, Terry Atlas

--With assistance from Nicole Gaouette in Washington.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mohammed Hatem in Dubai at mhatem1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Heather Langan at hlangan@bloomberg.net


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