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Annan expresses concern about violence in Bolivia

Annan expresses concern about violence in Bolivia

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed concern about violence and loss of life in Bolivia and called on the Government and the opposition to settle their differences through peaceful means and dialogue.

"There must be full respect for human rights, above all, the right to life," Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by a UN spokesman. "In order to address the very serious social and economic problems confronting the country, democratic institutions must be preserved and strengthened and the rule of law must prevail. This is the only way to ensure peaceful development for the benefit of all Bolivians."

He also urged Bolivia's Government and opposition to exercise maximum restraint, according to the statement.

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