3 March 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/11447

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECRETARY-GENERAL DEEPLY CONCERNED BY VIOLENT CLASHES

 

IN ARMENIA BETWEEN POLICE, DEMONSTRATORS


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the violent clashes between police forces and demonstrators in Armenia over the weekend.  It is his hope that these events, during which eight people died, will be thoroughly investigated.


The Secretary-General calls on all parties to exercise full restraint and to find a way out of the current crisis.  He also urges the Armenian authorities to take all necessary steps to ensure a return to normalcy, including through a speedy lifting of the state of emergency.


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