Secretary-General appeals for dialogue and reconciliation in Egypt

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned the violence in Egypt which has left scores dead and hundreds injured following peaceful protests on Friday and Saturday.

In a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon appealed to Egyptians to address their differences through dialogue and to engage in an inclusive and meaningful reconciliation process.

Mr. Ban called on the country's interim authorities to assume full responsibility for the peaceful management of the demonstrations and to ensure the protection of all citizens.

He said Egypt's security forces must act with full respect for human rights, and he urged demonstrators to exercise restraint and preserve the peaceful nature of their protests.

The Secretary-General reiterated that ousted President Mohammed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leaders currently in detention should immediately be released or have their cases reviewed in full transparency.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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