UN welcomes BNP in polls, de-escalation of violence
Appreciating the opposition's decision to participate in the city corporation polls, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked the authorities concerned to ensure transparent, inclusive, and credible elections.
“The Secretary-General is encouraged by the opposition's decision to participate in the city council elections for Dhaka and Chittagong, scheduled for 28 April,” the spokesperson of the secretary general said on Saturday.
The UN chief appealed to the authorities in all relevant institutions to ensure that the elections are transparent and inclusive, the spokesperson added in a statement issued in New York.
The secretary-general hopes that political parties will soon find a way to overcome their differences for the sake of the country's long-term development and stability, the statement read.
The United Nations remains fully committed to supporting Bangladesh in that regard, it added.
Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the de-escalation of violence in Bangladesh in the past weeks, said the spokesperson.
The UN has been calling for a peaceful solution to the political crisis through dialogue between two main parties since the BNP-led alliance announced nationwide blockade and hartal which resulted in the killing of nearly 100 people, mostly in arson attacks.
The secretary general tasked Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernández-Taranco to liaise with the government and opposition leaders for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.