Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed in a phone call with the Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi “deep concern” at the escalation of violence in the country and stressed the need to put an end to it “immediately.”
“The Secretary-General expressed deep concern at the escalating scale of violence and emphasized that it must stop immediately.
He reiterated his call for respect for basic freedoms and human rights, including peaceful assembly and information,” his press office said in a press statement.
Reacting to the leader’s interpretation of the events and the response of the authorities, “the Secretary-General underlined the need to ensure the protection of the civilian population under any circumstances.”
He urged all parties to exercise restraint and called upon the authorities to engage in a broad-based dialogue to address the legitimate concerns of the population.