Says time limited to reach acceptable formula for inclusive, non-violent polls
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for an urgent dialogue to reach an acceptable formula to hold an "inclusive, non-violent and credible election".
Visiting UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández-Taranco conveyed the UN chief's message during separate meetings with the foreign minister and foreign secretary today, meeting sources said.
"Time is very limited," Taranco quoted the UN secretary general as saying.
During the meetings, Taranco made it clear that there should be a dialogue to reach a consensus for holding an acceptable general election.
The United Nations wants continuation of democratic process in Bangladesh, he said.
Taranco, who is leading a five-member high-profile political mission, and Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka, first met Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque at his Secretariat office.
They had a 45-minute discussion from 10:00am.
Later, they held another 45-minute meeting with the foreign minister at his office.
UN official later met a seven-member group of Awami League leaders at Sonargaon Hotel.
The AL leaders include Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Syed Ashraful Islam, Mahbubul Alam Hanif and Gowher Rizvi and AL international affairs secretary Col Faruk Khan and former ...