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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Ms. Dipu Moni, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh

New York, 13 May 2013

The Secretary-General met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, H.E. Ms. Dipu Moni, and exchanged views on the current situation in Bangladesh. 

The Secretary-General expressed his condolences to the Government and the people of Bangladesh for the loss of life and suffering caused by the recent collapse of garment factories. 

The Secretary-General stressed the critical importance for the political leaders of Bangladesh to engage in constructive dialogue, with a view to defusing tensions and resolving differences, including on governance arrangements during the upcoming election period.    

The Secretary-General also reiterated his increasing concern about the recent wave of violence and underlined the need for all concerned to respect the law and express their views peacefully. 

Readouts on 13 May 2013