UN Chief urges Sri Lanka president to allow parliament vote

ECONOMYNEXT – United Nations said its Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern on Sri Lanka’s political crisis and urged President Maithripala Sirisena to allow parliament to vote and uphold human rights during a telephone call.

"The Secretary-General urged the President to revert to Parliamentary procedures and allow the Parliament to vote as soon as possible," the UN said in a statement.

"He encouraged the Government to uphold its earlier commitments to human rights, justice and reconciliation, in line with Human Rights Council resolutions."

The UN chief had also offered help in resolving the crisis.

"The Secretary-General informed the President that he was following the latest developments in Sri Lanka with concern and offered assistance in facilitating a dialogue with all the parties to resolve the situation," the statement said.

"He emphasized the Government’s responsibility to ensure peace, security and respect for the rule of law."

A statment from President Sirisena said he had told the UN chief that he had acted within the law. (Colombo/Nov03/2018)


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