UN and EU call for talks in Colombia

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The United Nations and the European Union have called on the Colombian government and a national strike committee to engage in dialogue, after several people died in violent protests this week.

"I call for an end to all forms of violence, including vandalism, and for all sides to continue talking to each other, and to ensure respect for the life and dignity of all people," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement on Sunday.

Earlier, 17 ambassadors of EU countries to Colombia also voiced their support for dialogue to end the crisis.

According to media reports on Saturday, at least six people died in weekend protests in the Colombian city of Cali.

Bachelet expressed concern at reports that 14 people have died and 98 have been injured, some of them by firearms, in the demonstrations since May 28.

She also said she had received reports of armed individuals, including judicial police officer off duty, had opened fire on demonstrators, journalists and bystanders.

Since the end of April, there have been numerous protests in different cities in the South American country. At least 44 people have died in connection with the demonstrations, according to the national ombudsman's office.

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