UN chief calls for ‘rule of law’ in Tunisia

January 18th, 2011 - 12:38 am ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Jan 17 (IANS/WAM) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday urged Tunisia’s interim leaders to establish the rule of law in the country and expressed concern over the violence which claimed tens of lives after the ousting of its president. At a news conference here, Ban said Tunisian interim government should make efforts “to ensure the prompt restoration of the rule of law and to accommodate the aspirations of the people”.

“We’re concerned about the loss of lives and the continuing violence in Tunisia, the UN chief, who is here to attend the World Future Energy Summit, added.

“The Tunisia situation highlights the need for governments to address the needs of people,” he stressed, adding that he was not in a position to comment on the implications for other countries in the region.

He also called for international support for the efforts to restore democracy in Tunisia.

“I urge the international community to support efforts to restore genuine democracy in the country”.

Zine el-Abidine ben Ali, Tunisia’s autocratic leader of 23 years, was forced to flee abroad Friday after weeks of violent protests, in which at least 66 people were killed, mostly unarmed demonstrators shot dead by police.

On the situation in Lebanon, Ban said: “Nobody should politicise the work of the UN-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of Lebanon’s former premier Rafiq Hariri.

“The independent judicial process should not be linked to any political debate.”

“It is important not to prejudge the outcome of the investigation,” the UN secretary general said.

–IANS/WAM
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