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UN prepared to sanction ‘spoilers’ in Yemen

October 13, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council says it is prepared to impose sanctions on “spoilers” threatening the peace, security and stability of Yemen.

The council, after an emergency meeting on Monday, condemned the growing number of al-Qaida linked terrorist attacks and expressed deep concern at the latest developments in Yemen, including the takeover of the capital by Shiite rebels. It welcomed the nomination of a new prime minister on Monday and urged the government to expedite reforms.

The council said it is prepared to consider urgently any evidence against “spoilers” blocking implementation of a transitional roadmap to peace and democracy adopted after a national dialogue.

U.N. special envoy Jamal Benomar said he told the council “the transition is at the risk of collapsing” and the only way forward is to implement the roadmap.

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