UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on
Thursday called on parties in Madagascar to settle disagreements through
peaceful means and an inclusive dialogue after riots hit the country.
Ban said in a statement that he is concerned about the security of the
people in Madagascar and deplores the loss of life in the Indian Ocean island
"The secretary-general has been closely following the situation in
Madagascar, as a result of serious unrest and the death of dozens of people that
took place in (the capital) Antananarivo and elsewhere recently," the statement
He called on the Malagasy government "to place an absolute priority on the
protection of the population."
"The United Nations reiterates its offer of support to the dialogue process
and to national reconciliation," it added.
A wave of riots hit the capital of Madagascar this week and left at least
43 people dead, reports said.