By JAMAL AL-JASHINI
The Associated Press Nov 23, 2011
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has told him he will travel to New York for medical treatment after signing an agreement to end his 33-year rule.
Ban told reporters Wednesday that he talked with Saleh by telephone, and would be happy to meet with him in New York. He provided no information about when Saleh planned to arrive in New York, nor what treatment he would be seeking.
Saleh's signature on an accord brokered by Yemen's powerful Gulf Arab allies would start a new chapter in the nine-month popular uprising that has shaken the Arab world's poorest country. Saleh has repeatedly agreed to sign the deal, only to back away at the last minute.