Saleh to look at restarting Yemeni peace plan

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to look at restarting a Gulf Arab initiative on solving the country’s crisis and ensuring a peaceful transfer of power, a Yemeni government official said Wednesday.

The official said Saleh had met members of Yemen’s ruling party in Riyadh, where he has been receiving medical treatment since being badly injured in an assassination attempt in June.

Yemen has been sliding toward civil war during six months of protests demanding Saleh’s overthrow. A transition plan brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has been moribund since Saleh last avoided signing it in May.

“He agreed with them to explore ways of restarting the GCC initiative and of creating a mechanism that will ensure a peaceful transfer of power,” the official told Reuters after Saleh’s meeting with the ruling party members.

Saleh had agreed to work with the main opposition parties, other Yemeni groups, international bodies and concerned countries to finds ways to end the crisis, the official said.