UN chief calls for dialogue to resolve crisis in Tunisia

The people of Tunisia have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to resolve their problems peacefully.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The call came as the government and parliament were dissolved as people continued to protest against price increases, unemployment, alleged corruption and limitations on fundamental rights and freedoms.

The Secretary-General says that he has been closely following the situation in the Tunisia where more than 80 people are reported to have been killed in the ongoing violence.

“Now, I’m saddened by the loss of life and call again for restraint in the use of force and full respect for freedom of expression and association. The political situation is developing fast and every effort must be made by all concerned parties to establish dialogue and resolve problems peacefully to prevent further loss, violence and escalation.”

The Secretary-General says he will continue to discuss this matter with the concerned parties.

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