UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke with embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Monday, telling him that violence against protesters "must stop immediately," Reuters reported.
"The secretary-general expressed deep concern at the escalating scale of violence and emphasized that it must stop immediately. He reiterated his call for respect for basic freedoms and human rights, including peaceful assembly and information," the spokesman said.
In the conversation Ban stressed "the need to ensure the protection of the civilian population under any circumstances. He urged all parties to exercise restraint and called upon the authorities to engage in broad-based dialogue to address legitimate concerns of the population."