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Bagladesh Leaders Must Fix Violent Differences on Elections

Ban Urges Bagladesh’s Leaders to Solve Violent Differences over Elections through Dialogue

New York, Dec 11 2013 - Voicing strong concern over widespread violence in Bangladesh that has left dozens of people dead since last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to resolve differences over upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for January through dialogue.

He spoke with Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid by phone as assistant United Nations Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco wrapped up a five-day visit to the South Asian country with a warning that the current political crisis is exacting a heavy, human, social and economic toll, seriously threatening the hard-earned economic and social progress that Bangladesh has achieved.

“The leaders have shown statesmanship,” Mr. Fernandez-Taranco told a news conference in Dhaka, the capital, of his meetings with Government and opposition leaders and election officials. “It remains critical to reduce tension and to continue to engage in constructive dialogue so as to create a congenial atmosphere.

“There are measures that would contribute immensely: a call by all sides to end the violence, the release of opposition political leaders, and a mutually satisfactory solution to concerns regarding the election schedule.”

The major parties have so far failed to resolve their differences over the conduct of elections and supporters of both parties have been clashing with each other and with the security forces. Scores of people have been killed, hundreds injured, and there has been extensive destruction of property.

“At this moment the world is remembering Nelson Mandela’s legacy,” Mr. Fernandez-Taranco said, referring to the South Africa’s first black president who died last week. “Please allow me to quote his words from the visit he made to Bangladesh in March 1997: ‘a nation united in pursuit of shared goals can overcome the most difficult problems’.”

He added that there is ground for an agreement and the country’s leaders must continue their dialogue in the spirit of good will and compromise. “Bangladeshis expect them to work together constructively to decrease tensions and to find mutually agreeable solutions for free, fair, inclusive and non-violent elections,” he stressed.

At the beginning of December UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the country's political leaders to immediately halt “destructive brinkmanship” and use their influence to ease the unrest.

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