UN chief applauds Sri Lankaâ€™s â€˜peacefulâ€™ poll
ECONOMYNEXT – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed Sri Lanka’s “peaceful” parliamentary polls saying the new government must make further progress on good governance, accountability and ethnic reconciliation.
“The Secretary-General applauds the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in the parliamentary elections of 17 August,” a statement said.
Ban Ki-moon “commends” Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena for having “shepherded an inclusive process”, it said.
Moon also commended the Election Commissioner for his “exemplary efforts” in helping guarantee the exercise of the right to vote of the people of Sri Lanka.
The elections commissioner has said Monday’s poll, which the United National Party, which heads the ruling alliance, won just short of an outright majority in the 225-seat parliament, was the most peaceful in decades.
The Secretary-General also said he “encourages the new Government to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation.”
The comment was a reference to a war crimes probe demanded by the UN into the last stages of the island’s ethnic war in 2009 when large numbers of civilians were killed.
The UN Human Rights Council is to debate a report on war crimes in September.
The UN statement said Moon “looks forward to continuing to work with the President, the Prime Minister, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka in support of building long-term peace and prosperity for the country.” (Colombo/August 19 2015)