12 September 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/11788

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

SECRETARY-GENERAL DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT DEADLY VIOLENCE IN BOLIVIA


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 and the resulting loss of life in Bolivia, as well as the attempts to disrupt the nationís economic infrastructure.† He urges all concerned to act with restraint and to prevent any further confrontation.


The Secretary-General rejects the use of violence as a means to advance political ends and joins others, including the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, Josť Miguel Insulza, and Boliviaís Conference of Catholic Bishops, in calling for dialogue, urgently, to seek consensus on the pressing issues affecting the Bolivian people.


The United Nations stands ready to provide any assistance Bolivians may require in engaging in such a dialogue.


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