New York, US - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called Egyptians to express their differences without violence and ensure that the next phase of their country’s transition is carried out peacefully.
A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday, said Ban: 'stresses the importance of respect for freedom of assembly and expression, as well as commitment to non-violence'.
It stated: 'The Secretary-General encourages all Egyptians to ensure that the next phase of the transition is conducted in an inclusive, peaceful, and transparent manner.'
It also said that the UN chief called on all Egyptians to express their differences without violence, noting that the UN will continue to support 'an Egyptian-led transition process that adheres to democratic principles and upholds the human rights of all Egyptians'.
Egypt has been undergoing a democratic transition since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak nearly three years ago in the wake of mass protests.
Last July, renewed protests, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded, led to the military deposing President Mohamed Morsi.
The Constitution was then suspended and an interim government set up.
The current referendum on the proposed constitution is supposed to be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.
Media reports said that clashes have already led to several deaths on Tuesday.