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UN chief Ban Ki-moon marks El Salvador civil war anniversary, says path to peace not over

  • Neighbors and emergency workers carry a body after at least five people were killed, allegedly by gang members, in Ciudad Delgado on the outskirts of San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. As El Salvador prepares to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the peace accords that ended the nation's bloody civil war, the nation continues to be gripped by high levels of gang violence. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

    Neighbors and emergency workers carry a body after at least five people were killed, allegedly by gang members, in Ciudad Delgado on the outskirts of San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. As El Salvador prepares to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the peace accords that ended the nation's bloody civil war, the nation continues to be gripped by high levels of gang violence. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Emergency workers gather bodies after at least five people were killed, allegedly by gang members, in Ciudad Delgado on the outskirts of San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. As El Salvador prepares to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the peace accords that ended the nation's bloody civil war, the nation continues to be gripped by high levels of gang violence. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

    Emergency workers gather bodies after at least five people were killed, allegedly by gang members, in Ciudad Delgado on the outskirts of San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. As El Salvador prepares to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the peace accords that ended the nation's bloody civil war, the nation continues to be gripped by high levels of gang violence. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)  (The Associated Press)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging El Salvador and its people to work together to combat rampant violence and social exclusion.

Ban calls on the country to do more to safeguard human rights and include women, indigenous and young people in decision-making.

He spoke in the capital, San Salvador, on Friday's anniversary of 1992 peace accords that ended the Central American nation's civil war that killed at least 75,000 people.

Ban said El Salvador has made progress on issues such as consolidating democracy, improving health care and educating girls, but the anniversary is a reminder that the quest for peace "did not end 23 years ago."

Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said the country is working to solve problems such as poverty and build "an equitable society."