Dialogue With Niger Delta Militants, US Urges Nigeria

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The United States has appealed to Nigeria government to dialogue with the Niger Delta militants in order to resolve the crisis in the region. This is contain in a statement issued by U.S. Mission to Nigeria and made available to newsmen in Lagos. U.S government also urge the both parties involved to resolve their dispute through peaceful means and emphasize that human rights of all Nigerians must be protected.

The statement reads in parts;

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is monitoring reports of attacks and other incidents in the Niger Delta.  We share the concerns of all Nigerians about these attacks.  Furthermore, the United States remains supportive of efforts, including the promotion of dialogue, to address grievances in the Niger Delta.  We encourage all parties to resolve their disputes through peaceful means and emphasize that human rights of all Nigerians must be protected.

We continue to call on all Nigerians to persevere in efforts to achieve common goals: to end violence and curb the activities of criminal elements; to establish conditions and mechanisms for profound, positive, and lasting changes in the region; and to provide economic opportunity and needed services for residents of the Niger Delta.

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