UN chief calls Gadhafi to demand immediate end to violence in Libya


United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Libyan President Moammer Ghadafi on Monday and urged to respect the basic freedoms and rights of his people, amid the bloody unrest that has swept the country over the last seven days.

Ban held an extensive phone conversation with Gadhafi to discuss the deteriorating situation in Libya, where some 332 people have reportedly died in clashes with forces loyal to the long-time leader.

The secretary-general expressed to Gadhafi “deep concern at the escalating scale of violence and emphasized that it must stop immediately”, Ban’s office said in a statement following the discussion.” He reiterated his call for respect for basic freedoms and human rights, including peaceful assembly and information.”

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