UN chief concerned about violence in Bangladesh

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the outbreak of violence in Bangladesh this week.

His Spokespersons' office issued a statement on Thursday following reports of the deaths of at least two people in clashes during a strike that has been reportedly called by the opposition to force the government to resign.

There were also reports of clashes between supporters of the opposition and the ruling party in Bangladesh.

Martin Nersiky is UN spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General has been following with concern the recent wave of violence in Bangladesh. He calls on all concerned to respect the rule of law, exercise restraint and to express their views peacefully. The Secretary-General  hopes that the recent steps to initiate dialogue continue and he urges all parties to ensure an environment conducive to credible and peaceful elections." (25")

Elections are scheduled to be held by January 2014 in Bangladesh.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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