2/20/2012

UN leader Ban Ki Moon urges 'maximum restraint' in Bahrain

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon expressed concern on Wednesday over recent violence between security forces and demonstrators in Bahrain, urging authorities there to exercise 'maximum restraint.' --


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon expressed concern on Wednesday over recent violence between security forces and demonstrators in Bahrain, urging authorities there to exercise 'maximum restraint.' 'The secretary-general is concerned about reports of clashes in Bahrain between security forces and demonstrators over the past few days,' Mr Ban said in a statement issued through his office.
'He calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and expects the Bahraini authorities to act in accordance with their international human rights obligations.' In the statement, the UN leader called for 'a genuine, all-inclusive and meaningful dialogue that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis,' which he said would 'promote peace and stability in the country.'
Mr Ban issued his statement as fresh unrest broke out in the kingdom, where police on Wednesday fired tear gas and birdshot at pro-democracy protesters, in clashes marking the first anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising.
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