UNITED NATIONS SAYS BANGLADESH POLITICAL CRISIS JEOPARDIZES ELECTORAL LEGITIMACY, URGES ALL PARTIES TO REFRAIN FROM VIOLENCE, SEEK COMPROMISE

10 January 2007
SG/SM/10838

UNITED NATIONS SAYS BANGLADESH POLITICAL CRISIS JEOPARDIZES ELECTORAL LEGITIMACY, URGES ALL PARTIES TO REFRAIN FROM VIOLENCE, SEEK COMPROMISE

10 January 2007
Secretary-General
SG/SM/10838
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

UNITED NATIONS SAYS BANGLADESH POLITICAL CRISIS JEOPARDIZES ELECTORAL LEGITIMACY,

URGES ALL PARTIES TO REFRAIN FROM VIOLENCE, SEEK COMPROMISE

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

The political crisis in Bangladesh has severely jeopardized the legitimacy of the electoral process.  The announced cancellation of numerous international observation missions is regrettable.  The United Nations has had to suspend all technical support to the electoral process, including by closing its International Coordination Office for Election Observers in Dhaka.

The United Nations is deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in the country, and urges all parties to refrain from the use of violence.  It is hoped that the Army will continue to play a neutral role, and that those responsible for enforcing the law act with restraint and respect for human rights.  The United Nations urges the non-party Caretaker Government and Election Commission to create a level playing field and ensure parties can have confidence in the electoral process.

The United Nations is concerned that Bangladesh’s democratic advances and international standing will be negatively affected if the current crisis continues.  It urges all concerned to seek a compromise that will serve the interests of peace, democracy and the country’s overall well-being.

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