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Annan Urges Dialogue To Resolve Tensions In Kyrgyzstan

Kofi Annan (file photo) United Nations, 21 March 2005 (RFE/RL) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has expressed concern at the escalation of tensions in southern Kyrgyzstan, where protesters have seized government offices.

Annan's office released a statement today saying he is opposed to the use of violence and intimidation to resolve electoral and political disputes. He called on all parties to apply restraint and said dialogue is the only viable means for addressing the current tensions.