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UN set to adopt sanctions against Yemen obstructionists

Published on Feb 25, 2014 10:51 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United Nations Security Council is set to adopt a resolution ordering sanctions against figures seeking to undermine Yemen's state-building drive, diplomats said on Monday.

The Arab world's poorest country is grappling with an increasingly violent separatist movement in the south, which was independent between the end of British colonial rule in 1967 and union with the north in 1990.

The draft resolution hits offenders with a travel ban and an asset freeze "for an initial period of one year".

Sanctions would be aimed at those who are found to be "obstructing or undermining the successful completion of the political transition" in Yemen, who commit "attacks on essential infrastructure or acts of terrorism" and who violate human rights and international humanitarian law, the document said.

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