President Hadi's Decrees on the Reorganization of Yemen's Military Structure

Press Statement
Patrick Ventrell
Acting Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 11, 2013

The decrees issued yesterday by President Hadi are another important step in Yemen’s transition and respond to the Yemeni people’s call for a unified, professional military that serves Yemen as a whole, rather than individuals. We commend President Hadi’s determination and his continued commitment to implementing the transition initiative brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council. We urge the Yemeni Government to swiftly implement the decrees. As Yemenis from all walks of life come together through the National Dialogue Conference to chart a new course for their country, we encourage the government to sustain its focus on strengthening civilian oversight of the military and security forces, an essential part of any transition to democracy. The Yemeni people have illustrated that true progress can only be made when violence is cast aside in favor of negotiation, inclusion, and reconciliation. The United States will continue to stand with the Yemeni people as they strive to resolve differences through dialogue and work to establish more democratic, responsive, and accountable institutions.

PRN: 2013/0397