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Khaleda Zia urges UN role for fair polls at meeting with Ban Ki-moon

Nothing New. Power is tasty. It has seen all the goverment term that power and policies polute free gift of democracy .The BNP chief has handed the United Nations secretary-general a letter comprising the ‘inconsistencies’ of the war crimes trial.

Khaleda Zia at her meeting with Ban Ki-moon on Monday also urged the United Nations to play a role for fair national elections in Bangladesh, BNP vice-president Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury informed the media on Monday evening.

She told the UN chief that the democracy has been threatened in the country after the annulment of caretaker government system, and the next national election would not be accepted by the people if all major parties did not participate in them.

The party chairperson also handed the secretary-general a document outlining the arguments that the International Crimes Tribunal is not up to international standards, Chowdhury said.

The 45-minute meeting was held at the President Suite of the Hotel Sonargaon.

“The opposition chief told the UN secretary-general at the meeting that after the 15th amendment, there was no way to ensure fair vote in the country. Therefore, the United Nations will have to play a role…,” Chowdhury said.

Khaleda also congratulated Ban for his re-election as the secretary-general.

Chowdhury said Ban Ki-moon had invited her opinion on the working of the International Crimes Tribunal. “The trial must have international standards,” he was quoted to have said.

Khaleda in reply said her party also wants crimes against humanity punished. “But there should be no farce in the name of trial. Justice must be ensured. The present tribunal is not up to international standards,” she said.

When asked about the documents handed to the UN secretary-general, Chowdhury said they contain various objections on the tribunal such as not allowing foreign defence lawyers.

He added that the opposition leader also urged Ban to help ensure participation of all parties in the next general elections.

Ban replied by saying he had taken a note of the issue, Chowdhury said.

“He (Ban) assured that he will keep up his efforts to create an environment of dialogue among all political parties,” the BNP vice-president said.