Sunday, May 20, 2012

U.N. envoy returning to Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, May 20 (UPI) -- U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar is returning to the capital amid mounting resentment against ex-President Ali Abdulla Saleh relatives, officials say.
Benomar -- who led negotiations that resulted in Saleh's departure from power -- has been monitoring the transition process ever since, reporting all changes to the U.N. Security Council.
The coalition government demanded his return, saying Saleh's relatives continued refusal to surrender their military positions.
Benomar is scheduled to return to the country Wednesday, Mareb Press reported.
Saleh asked Benomar to postpone the U.N. Security Council session to May 29, the Socialist Forum reported, as the deposed leader said he needed more time to plan his departure for Russia.
Benomar will attend the "Friends of Yemen" conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh Wednesday, the Aden Times reported.
It will be the 11th time Benomar is coming to Yemen since 2011 uprising.

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