UN to be in touch with AL, BNP to resolve differences

Political issue separate from peacekeeping

 

The United Nations (UN) has said they will continue to be in touch with the leaders of the two main parties in Bangladesh trying to make sure that they can resolve their differences.

It also said the political process is separate and apart from the issue of peacekeepers in the UN missions, who are under the control ultimately of the mission.

Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq said this when a questioner wanted to know what is the impact on Bangladesh as a peacekeeping contributing country as senior military officials making statements about what they will do to civilians.

“We’ve made our concerns known.  As you know, officials, including the senior officials from our Department for Political Affairs, have repeatedly visited Bangladesh, trying to meet the leaders there and make sure that the crisis can be resolved peacefully,” Haq said.

He said they have continually encouraged and continue to encourage the authorities to allow for peaceful protest and for the right to peaceful assembly.

“As you know, we continue to have our concerns that that hasn’t happened and that there has been violence,” said the Deputy Spokesperson.

Source: UNB

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