Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over the continuing deadly violence in Egypt in recent days and urged the country's transitional authorities to ensure that all citizens can enjoy basic human rights.
More than 30 people have been reported killed by security forces during clashes involving demonstrators in many cities and towns calling for a return to civilian rule. The first phase of parliamentary elections are slated to begin in Egypt on Monday.
Mr. Ban spoke by telephone yesterday with Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the Chair of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian armed forces.
The Secretary-General deplored the loss of life and the high number of injured, according to information released by his spokesperson.
He reiterated his earlier calls for transitional authorities to guarantee the protection of human rights and civil liberties for all Egyptians, and for an inclusive and peaceful transition that meets Egyptians' legitimate aspirations through transparent and credible elections that lead to the establishment of civilian life.
Egypt's long-standing leader Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February after weeks of protests over his rule, echoing the popular movement across the Middle East and North Africa that has also led to the downfall of regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, and to protracted violence in Syria.