UN Chief Encouraged by Efforts to Resolve Malawian Conflict

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has welcomed steps toward dialogue by the Malawian government and civil society organizations following last month's deadly violence.

A statement issued by Mr. Ban's spokesman Wednesday said he is encouraged by the signing of a joint statement by the two sides in a U.N. facilitated meeting. Mr. Ban called on both sides to continue efforts to create a political and social atmosphere where challenges facing the country can be addressed.

Last month, 19 people were killed during clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces. The demonstrators were protesting fuel shortages, rising prices and eroding civil liberties.