In call to interim vice president, Secretary-General voices concern over recent violence in Egypt

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (File photo. M. Garten/UN)

The UN Secretary-General has spoken with senior leaders in Egypt and the region to share his deep concern over the violence which has killed upwards of 80 people since Friday.

On Sunday, Ban Ki-moon spoke by phone with Egyptian Interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei and expressed his profound concern about the direction in which the transition there is moving.

The Secretary-General renewed his call for the interim authorities to launch a genuinely inclusive, peaceful political process for going forward.

He also appealed to all Egyptian leaders to urge their supporters to show restraint and put the interest of the country first in order to start a meaningful reconciliation process.

Mr. Ban also discussed the situation in Egypt with the Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Qatar, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States.

He reiterated the importance of the interim authorities immediately releasing ousted President Mohammed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, or having their cases reviewed in the fullest transparency.

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay has also voiced her concern about what she has characterized as "the increasingly dangerous polarization" that is gripping Egypt.

She warned that the confrontational approach by both sides is leading to disaster.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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