Ban Ki-moon congratulates SL on the first anniversary of political transition

Ban Ki-moon congratulates SL on the first anniversary of political transition

Ban Ki-moon congratulates SL on the first anniversary of political transition

Written by Staff Writer

08 Jan, 2016 | 9:08 am

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon congratulated Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena , the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the first year anniversary of the country’s political transition. In his message the Sec. Gen noted that he is encouraged by the Government’s commitment to a broad reform agenda that aims to realize durable peace, stability and prosperity for the Sri Lankan people.

The Secretary-General acknowledges the initial steps the Government has taken to strengthen good governance, advance reconciliation and implement the resolution of the Human Rights Council of October 2015.  Ban Ki-Moon urged continued progress in these areas and emphasized the need for an inclusive consultation processes to address issues of transitional justice.

The UN Secretary-General also notes that he supports the Government’s efforts to advance a nation-wide dialogue to achieve a long-term political settlement acceptable to all. In this regard, he welcomes the Government’s announcement to commence constitutional reform. He calls on all stakeholders to cooperate in a spirit of inclusion and good faith.

He concludes his message by stating that he remains committed to supporting Sri Lanka’s reform initiatives to secure long-term peace, prosperity and respect for human rights. The Secretary general also commends Sri Lanka’s leadership in working to transform the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals into reality on the ground.

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