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UN chief stresses rule of law in fixing Guatemala's problems

UNITED NATIONS, June 24 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday called on Guatemalans to rely on laws and institutions in order to find solutions to the complex problems the country is facing, according to a statement of the secretary- general's spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General is aware of wide-spread reactions related to allegations of corrupt practices and of calls for legal and political reforms arising from various sectors of Guatemalan society," said the statement, adding that upholding democratic principles and the rule of law is important to ensure the change needed to strengthen Guatemala's democracy.

Ban met on June 18 with the Foreign Minister of Guatemala. They welcomed the renewal of mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) for an additional two years and discussed political developments in the country, said the statement.

Acting as an independent international body, CICIG aims to investigate illegal security groups and clandestine security organizations in Guatemala - criminal groups believed to have infiltrated state institutions, fostering impunity and undermining democratic gains in Guatemala since the end of the country's armed conflict in the 1990s, according to the UN website.

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