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Concern about reports of violence in Zimbabwe

Annan voices concern about reports of possible violence in Zimbabwe

Reacting to developments in Zimbabwe, United Nations Secretary-General today said he was concerned about reports of the possibility of violence in connection with the mass action planned by the opposition against the Government this week.

The Secretary-General urged the organizers of the mass action, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), to ensure that their action remained peaceful and within the law, according to a statement released by a spokesman for Mr. Annan Monday evening.

“He urges the Government of Zimbabwe to respect the basic principles of freedom of expression and assembly as well as the human rights of those participating in the mass action, and to exercise maximum restraint in dealing with the situation,” the statement said.

“The Secretary-General reiterates his continued support for and readiness to contribute to the search for a negotiated solution of the serious difficulties facing the country,” the statement added.

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