Revolutions in Arab world 'bloody' compared to Eastern Europe

The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt represent one of the greatest opportunities to advance democracy and human rights, according to Secretary-General of the UN.

Ban Ki-moon with Boyko Borissov

Ban Ki-moon with Boyko Borissov

Ban Ki-moon was speaking to a conference in Sofia, Bulgaria on the changes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa.

But he said there were marked differences between the revolutions in Eastern Europe, which led to the fall of the 'Iron Curtain’, and those taking place now.

“The revolutions of 1989 were more or less velvet. They were largely free of bloodshed. What we are seeing in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere, they have all been with blood.”

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