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Yemeni Nobel Winner Tells Press UN PGA To Help Freeze Ali  Saleh Assets

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, November 18 -- Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman came to the UN again on November 18, met with the President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and then described the meeting to Inner City Press. Video here.

  Ms. Karman said the President of the General Assembly, formerly the Ambassador of Qatar to the UN, will "work with us to put pressure on the Saleh regime... He will help us find a way to freeze assets."

  Earlier on Friday, Inner City Press had asked Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative Abdullah Y. Al-Mouallimi about the Saudi role in the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative on Yemen, that it provides immunity for Ali Saleh and his associates.

  Al-Mouallimi said that "the GCC agreement was signed by the relevant parties in Yemen" and now ostensibly belongs to "the Yemeni people." UN Video here, from Minute 7:50.

  Inner City Press asked Tawakkul Karman about this claim, that the GCC immunity deal "belong to the Yemeni people." Karman replied that "we are not talking about the GCC" anymore, but rather the Security Council's resolution which she said "removed" immunity, at least for "those who committed crimes." She said she was in New York calling for "implementation" of the resolution.

Tawakkul Karman by UN on Nov 18, 2011 (c) MRLee

  On Friday before Karman's meeting with the President of the General Assembly, Yemenis demonstrated across the street from the UN, chanting "Saleh must go" and that both the UN and "Obama must decide, human rights or genocide."

  Ms. Karman told Inner City Press, after the clip, that she met with US Ambassador Susan Rice. Close observers say that the US was behind the GCC initiative which offered immunity to Saleh. Watch this site.

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