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UN chief strongly condemns Egypt violence

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning “in the strongest terms” the violence used by Egyptian security forces to clear demonstrators supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

It was a rare rebuke from Ban of a U.N. member state.

U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said Wednesday the U.N. chief regrets that Egyptian authorities chose to use force to respond to the demonstrations instead of listening to his earlier plea to prevent further loss of life.

“In the aftermath of today’s violence, the secretary-general urges all Egyptians to concentrate their efforts on promoting genuinely inclusive reconciliation,” del Buey said.

“While recognizing that political clocks do not run backwards, the secretary-general also believes firmly that violence and incitement from any side are not the answers to the challenges Egypt faces,” he said.

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