Written by Bella Dalima
19 Jun, 2014 | 4:24 pm
Ban Ki-Moon, secretary general of the United Nations, has urged the Sri Lankan government to constructively engage with the international community.
He made this observation in an exclusive email to Newsfirst, following the motion calling for international investigators to be prevented from conducting investigations on the ground in Sri Lanka, which was passed in Parliament on Wednesday evening
The motion calling for international investigators to be prevented from conducting investigations on the ground in Sri Lanka was passed in Parliament with a majority of 134 votes.
Responding to the question posed by Newsfirst on the motion, the deputy spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General had the following to say:
[quote]The Secretary-General supports the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and commends the leadership she has demonstrated to assist Sri Lanka in advancing accountability and reconciliation. He fully understands the challenges and complexity related to post-war processes, and therefore encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to engage constructively with the international community, to strengthen the existing domestic processes in a manner that is inclusive and respectful of human rights and to work towards lasting peace in Sri Lanka.[/quote]
Speaking on the recent violence in the south of Sri Lanka, the Secretary General made the following observations:
[quote]The Secretary-General is concerned about reported attacks in southern Sri Lanka. He recalls the Human Rights Council resolution of March 2014, which urges the Government of Sri Lanka “to investigate alleged attacks on members of religious minority groups and to take steps to prevent such attacks in the future.” The Secretary-General calls on the Government to take necessary measures to prevent any deterioration of the situation, to immediately investigate the incidents and to ensure the safety of all Sri Lankans.[/quote]
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