UN calls for bold reforms, not repression in Middle East

The Secretary-General is urging authorities in North Africa and the Middle East to exercise restraint and avoid violence when responding to peaceful protests.

UN Secretary-General at stakeout

UN Secretary-General at stakeout

Speaking to the press at UN headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said he was troubled by reports coming from Bahrain.

He called on leaders in the region and around the world to initiate reforms.

“I will say it once again: the situation calls for bold reforms, not repression. Sustainable progress can take root in places where people are empowered…where governments are responsive…where growth is inclusive”.

Mr. Ban praised Egypt’s commitment to hold free and fair elections.

He also said the UN is ready to help other countries transition to democratic, civilian rule.

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