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However U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week called off a proposed international conference on Cyprus because the two sides have made too little progress in their talks.

PRAISING YEMEN

The U.S. ambassador in Yemen congratulated the army for defeating al Qaeda militants in recent confrontations, predicting that Yemeni forces eventually will defeat the terrorists.

“What we’ve seen over the past several days is that, in fact, the Yemeni military is beginning … to challenge al Qaeda in a way that they really haven’t done so much over these past months,” Ambassador Gerald Feierstein told reporters at the U.S. Embassy this week.

He said the United States will continue to help the army but the struggle against al Qaeda will be led by Yemeni forces.

“This will be a Yemeni fight,” he said.

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