U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon worried by El Salvador violence as murders soar

January 16, 2015 6:55 PM

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U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon worried by El Salvador violence as murders soar

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday he was concerned by violence in Central America and El Salvador, where there has been a sharp spike in murders and police assassinations over the last year.

Visiting the poor Central American country to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of peace accords that ended a 12-year civil war that killed around 75,000 people, Ban urged El Salvador to remember that spirit of reconciliation as it grapples with a rising spate of gang warfare.

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