M Mushfiqul Fazal
The United Nations deplores any loss of life and believes that elections should be held in the most peaceful climate as possible anywhere in the world.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said this on Tuesday in reply to a question over violence, killings in recently concluded Union Parishad elections in Bangladesh, which left at least 86 people dead.
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of the question and answer on Bangladesh issue at noon briefing:
Question: Thank you, Stéphane. In Bangladesh, in the name of local Government election, a catastrophe is going on. Fifth phase election completed and 86 people who are killed, do you have… are you aware of that and what you will say on behalf of the Secretary-General? In the name of local Government election, people been killed and main opposition party boycotting this election.
Spokesman: On the election violence, we, of course, deplore any loss of life and we always believe elections should be held in the most peaceful climate as possible anywhere in the world.