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AL, BNP reply to UN letter

Both the ruling Awami League and the BNP have replied to the letter of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling for a dialogue to resolve the current political crisis and an end to violence that already claimed about a hundred lives.  Sources said the UN secretary general, who wrote to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia separately, received both the letters on Thursday. BNP insiders said the party in its letter said it was ready to sit for...

UN chief renews appeal for peaceful solution

UN chief renews appeal for peaceful solution

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains very concerned over the heightened tensions and continuing violence in Bangladesh and renewed his appeal to all political leaders for a peaceful resolution to the crisis. “I think as we're seeing these heightened tensions and the continuing violence, political violence we're seeing in Bangladesh, and again, he renews...

UN chief urges de-escalation of Bangladesh situation

UN chief urges de-escalation of Bangladesh situation

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today urged Bangladesh to find a tangible way for de-escalating the ongoing political situation. The advice came after the UN chief met Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and discussed cooperation between the UN and the Government of Bangladesh, a UN press release said. Ban encouraged the government to...

AL, BNP to reply to UN chief's letters

AL, BNP to reply to UN chief's letters

The Awami League and the BNP have decided to reply to the UN secretary general's letters calling for dialogue. While the AL is to decline the suggestion for talks, the BNP would say its agitation would continue unless there was meaningful dialogue. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently wrote to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina...

UN chief writes to Hasina, Khaleda

UN chief writes to Hasina, Khaleda

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recently sent letters to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying that UN Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco is acting on current political impasse of Bangladesh on behalf of the secretary general. UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq informed The Daily Star via email received...

Taranco, Nisha Biswal discuss Bangladesh issue

Taranco, Nisha Biswal discuss Bangladesh issue

UN Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernández-Taranco and US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal talked on the ongoing violence in Bangladesh, said a top UN official. Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, disclosed of the meeting and its contents at a daily press briefing yesterday. “About the work of Assistant Secretary-General Oscar...

UN concerned over Bangladesh violence

UN concerned over Bangladesh violence

The United Nations (UN) expressed its concern over the political violence and the loss of lives that is occurring in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh, as you know, is a critical partner of the United Nations in many areas. And obviously, I think, as we've said here a number of times, we are very much concerned about the...

20-party threatens shutdown from Sunday

20-party threatens shutdown from Sunday

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has threatened to go for all-out movement including hartal alongside the countrywide blockade from Sunday if the government does not meet its demand. The alliance will also hold demonstrations in all upazila, municipality, district and city headquarters on Saturday demanding a fresh election under a nonparty administration. BNP Joint Secretary General...

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Putting people at the centre of development

Putting people at the centre of development

THE senior United Nations officials on February 5, 2015 addressed the Commission for Social Development as it marked the 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen Declaration regarding 'the need to put people at the centre of development' with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He said that, the world's current generation is the first who is able...

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

The United Nations will continue to be in touch with the leaders of the Awami League and the BNP to help them resolve differences, said a UN spokesperson. “We'll continue to be in touch with the leaders of the two main parties, trying to make sure that they can resolve their differences,” said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN secretary-general, while addressing a regular press briefing on Thursday. “We've made our concerns known,” Haq said, replying to queries about the...

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