Update February 12, 2015

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British High Commissioner tweets that he encouraged Khaleda to reduce tension

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British High Commissioner tweets about Wednesday meeting with Khaleda Zia

12 February 2015, Nirapad News: British High Commissioner has tweeted that he has encouraged Khaleda Zia to consider measures that can reduce current tension in Bangladesh. Robert Gibson was the first foreign diplomat in Dhaka who met with the BNP Chairperson amid the ongoing non-stop blockades.

After his long meeting on Wednesday evening, he read out a statement to the press urging all parties to take “confidence building” measures to defuse tension and resume normal life. He did not mention specifics of the discussion with Khaleda Zia.

Later he tweeted: “Long meeting with @BegumKhaledaZia Encouraged her to consider measures to reduce tension in the country.”

He also tweeted that “Bangladesh badly needs some confidence building measures from all sides to help address current situation”, quoting from his media statement after the meeting.

The BNP chief called the blockade as she was prevented from coming out of her Gulshan office to lead anti-government protests on the 1st anniversary of the last general election that BNP had boycotted.

The UK has long been calling for measures to break the cycle of violence during election time.

On Wednesday, the envoy termed the extent of the current violence and disruption to the lives of all people as “distressing and deplorable”.

He called upon parties “to fully consider the effects of their actions and resist from causing further damage to the country’s national interest”.

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