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."