Annan hails efforts to probe attacks in Nigeria that have killed hundreds

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“The Secretary-General welcomes the concerted efforts of the authorities and the affected communities not only to investigate the Yelwa killings with a view to bringing those responsible to justice, but also to promote the peaceful resolution of disputes,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said at the daily briefing.Mr. Annan was “deeply concerned over the reports of growing communal clashes in Nigeria” and condemned the attacks in Yelwa, where hundreds of people lost their lives last week, the spokesman said.”He appeals for swift action to ensure the rule of law, and to promote reconciliation, and supports the Government’s efforts to protect the safety of all citizens throughout the country,” the spokesman said.

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