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UN chief alarmed at excessive force used in Egypt

August 19, 2013

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he’s alarmed by the violent protests and excessive use of force in Egypt and is urging dialogue and reconciliation.

The U.N. chief said Egyptian authorities and political leaders share responsibility for ending the violence.

“They should spare no effort to swiftly adopt a credible plan to contain the violence and revive the political process hijacked by violence,” Ban told reporters Monday.

He strongly condemned attacks on civilians and the destruction of churches, hospitals and other public facilities.

“Preventing further loss of life should be the highest priority,” Ban said. “I urge all Egyptians to exercise maximum restraint and resolve differences peacefully.”

U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman will hold wide-ranging discussions in Cairo starting Tuesday on how the U.N. can best support initiatives to restore peace.

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