UN chief calls for peace in Egypt
New York - UN leader Ban Ki-moon renewed
calls for Egypt's military rulers to ensure a "peaceful transition"
after talks on Friday with the head of the military council, a spokesperson said.
Ban and Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi held
telephone talks ahead of Egypt's elections which are due to start on Monday,
but as tens of thousands of demonstrators massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square
demanding the army rulers step down.
The UN leader renewed a plea "for an
inclusive, orderly and peaceful transition that meets the legitimate
aspirations of the Egyptian people through transparent and credible elections
leading to the establishment of civilian rule," said his spokesperson
"The secretary general remains deeply
concerned by the violence in Egypt over the last few days. He deplores the loss
of life and the high number of injured.
"He reiterates his call for the
transitional authorities to guarantee the protection of human rights and civil
liberties for all Egyptians."
The US and other governments have also called
for a quick transition to civilian rule in Egypt.