President invites UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

President invites UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Written by Staff Writer

22 May, 2014 | 4:44 am

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Sri Lanka once again, to witness first hand the progress that the country has made.

The President extended this invitation when he met the UN Secretary General on the sidelines of the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia or CICA, currently underway in Shanghai, China.

A communique issued by the Presidential Spokesperson and International Media Unit notes that President Rajapaksa had briefed the UN Secretary General on the progress that has been made in Sri Lanka since Ban ki-Moon’s last visit in 2009.

The President also informed the Secretary General that Sri Lanka has implemented 30 percent of the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. He said that time was needed to resolve problems pertaining to land ownership problems. The President had further assured Ban Ki-moon that Sri Lanka is committed to a domestic process to address allegations of certain incidents that allegedly transpired during the war.

Noting that an international inquiry is not in line with the vision of the Sri Lankan people, the President had further pointed out the contradictions of paragraphs 2 and 10 of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka. The President also addressed the fourth CICA summit in Shanghai, China on Wednesday.

Photo:  Government  Information Department.

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