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As UN Celebrates Yemen, Ali Saleh Role Continues, In NY Mission Too

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 4 -- Amid allegations of "Pharaoh" in Yemen, and with some women activists having to flee post-Gaddafi Libya, the UN has pointed at Yemen as the success of the "Arab Spring," as its success. And perhaps it is.

  Still, dictator Ali Saleh remains involved. How involved, the UN does not like to say. Nor do they like to be specific about the immunity Saleh claims he got under the November 23, 2011 Gulf Cooperation Council agreement.

   Recently, Saleh demanded that his General People's Congress party get a 50% role in the National Dialogue. When Inner City Press twice asked UN envoy Jamal Benomar on Tuesday what percentage Saleh's GPC ultimately got, the question was not directly answered.

  Maybe that's a strategy, just as none of the sanctions on spoiler threatened by the Security Council in its Resolution 2051 back in June have been imposed.

   The recent killing of a Saudi diplomat in Yemen didn't give rise to the expected Security Council press statement. Pakistan's Deputy Permanent Representative offered his condolences during the Tuesday afternoon session in the Security Council, but many other speakers didn't.

   But what about the rights violations, including crucifixion, detailed in Amnesty International's recent report on Abyan? How will the Yemen judicial system deal with those?

   And what about Yemen's own Permanent Mission to the UN -- how supportive of Ali Saleh is it?

    Inner City Press reported on the twists and turns of the Mission's bank account, and its temporary inability to vote in the UN. Now it's said the foreign minister is aware of his "Saleh problem" in New York, and it will be addressed. But will it? Watch this site.

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