U.N. passes 'forward-leading' measure on Yemen

Feb. 26, 2014 at 12:44 PM

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A Security Council resolution that sets up a committee to sanction individuals interfering with Yemen's progress is "forward-leaning," the U.S. envoy said.

The Security Council, in a unanimous vote, passed a resolution aimed at supporting Yemen with political transition.

"With today's resolution, the council has taken the forward-leaning step of setting up a committee that is prepared to sanction individuals for impeding the ongoing transition in Yemen," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said in a statement Wednesday.

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and some members of his administration were accused of committing crimes against the Yemeni people during a 2011 uprising. The former president received medical treatment in the United States after surviving an assassination attempt in 2011.

"This resolution underscores the importance of turning the page on Saleh's presidency," Power said.

Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi brought women, youth leaders and members of civil society into the dialogue process aimed at drafting a new constitution and setting the terms for general elections later this year.

Saleh is immune from prosecution according to the terms of his resignation.

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