UN chief calls for peaceful dialogue, non-violence in Egypt's transition

UN chief calls for peaceful dialogue, non-violence in Egypt
# 25 January 2013 01:26 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon on Thursday called for peaceful dialogue, non-violence and respect for human rights in the political transition in Egypt, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The secretary-general made the appeal in a statement issued here by his spokesman, as Egypt on Friday marks the second anniversary of the public movement that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.

"Even as Egyptians engage vigorously in debate, the secretary- general encourages them to remain committed to universal principles of: peaceful dialogue and non-violence, inclusiveness, respect for human rights and the independence of institutions, and democratic processes which are accommodating of the diversity of viewpoints," the statement said.

Ban also "underscores the importance of the active participation of women in decision-making," it added.

"As Egyptians mark the second anniversary of their revolution, the secretary-general extends to them his warmest wishes and reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to support the Egyptian people and government in their efforts to build a more inclusive and democratic future," said the statement.

"The secretary-general believes these are the foundations that can provide the stable, hopeful and dignified future for which the Egyptian people struggled so courageously in their revolution," it stressed.

On Jan. 25, 2011, unprecedented massive demonstrations flooded Egyptian cities, with protesters demanding better living conditions and greater rights. Recently more than 36 political movements have called for another round of mass anti-government protests on the upcoming second anniversary of the unrest due to " the little achievement of the new government," media reports said.