UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the violence during
polls was 'unacceptable' and has appealed to political parties to
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the
UN chief said he was sad at the violence during the election that left
at least 21 people killed across Bangladesh on Sunday.
that the parties did not reach the kind of agreement that could have
produced a peaceful, all-inclusive electoral outcome,” the statement
The UN chief called upon all to exercise restraint and
ensure a conducive environment, where people can maintain their right of
assembly and expression.
“Violence and attacks on people and property can never be acceptable.”
Secretary-General asked political parties to engage in 'meaningful
dialogue' in an effort to address the popular aspiration for an
"inclusive political process".
“The UN will continue to support
the country’s democratic processes in accordance with the principles of
inclusiveness, non-violence, reconciliation and dialogue,” he said.
Monday, the US state department had said the Sunday polls were 'not at
all credible' and called for dialogue to pave the way for an inclusive
The Commonwealth also expressed disappointment over the polls.
neighbour India said the elections were a ' constitutional necessity'
and left it to the people of Bangladesh to decide their future.
But the Indian external affairs ministry statement, like the UN chief, said "violence was not the answer".
Minister Sheikh Hasina has already called for a dialogue and asked the
Opposition to abjure violence, but Opposition leader Khaleda Zia has
ruled out negotiations, saying the government must first step down and
cancel the Sunday polls.