[Timothy Wills, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]
EU Observer: From the ‘poisoned chalice’ of the sanctioning of the deployment of cancer-causing depleted uranium ordinance in Libya in support of the rebels, to the endorsement of a plan proposed by the Gulf Co-operation Council (‘GCC‘) to give the Yemeni president, Ali Abdallah Saleh, immunity from prosecution for war crimes, the EU’s bumbling diplomacy is proving to be a disaster in the Middle East.
A glaring recent example, is that shortly after the endorsement by the EU of the immunity plan for the Yemeni president, whose forces have taken more than 100 lives since the conflicts began, his forces promptly shot 12 protestors and injured more than 100. Notwithstanding, the EU has said that the deaths do not change its position. However, international human rights groups are saying that the deal for the Yemeni president will be a bad example for other world dictators.
Under the GCC plan, Saleh will enjoy total immunity from any prosecution for wrongdoings if he goes in 30 days, arranges new presidential elections two months thereafter and arranges for more power to be given to opposition activists in a newly formed national unity government.
- President of Yemen caves in, but asks for immunity from punishment (dominicatimes.wordpress.com)
- “Yemenâ€™s opposition backs GCC plan” and related posts (rocketnews.com)
- Yemen’s opposition backs GCC plan (bbc.co.uk)
- Yemeni Protesters Rally in Capital After Saleh Accepts GCC Plan (businessweek.com)
- Yemen activists vow to keep pressure on Saleh – Aljazeera.net (news.google.com)
- Yemen Parties to Sign Accord on Saleh Exit, Basendwah Says (businessweek.com)
- Saleh resignation proposal agreed (bbc.co.uk)
- Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh agrees to step down (guardian.co.uk)
- Yemen’s Saleh May Quit in Swap for Immunity, Official Says (businessweek.com)
- Yemen’s Saleh May Quit in Swap for Immunity, Official Says – BusinessWeek (news.google.com)