UN chief urges Sri Lanka to press ahead with reforms

ECONOMYNEXT – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Sri Lanka to press ahead with its reforms to strengthen good governance and bring about ethnic reconciliation.

“The Secretary-General supports the government’s efforts to advance a nation-wide dialogue to achieve a long-term political settlement acceptable to all,” a statement from Ban’s office said.

Ban welcomed the government’s announcement to commence constitutional reform and called on all stakeholders to “cooperate in a spirit of inclusion and good faith.”

His call came in a statement on the first anniversary of Sri Lanka’s “political transition” with the election of President Maithripala Sirisena on 8 January 2015.

The Secretary-General “is encouraged by the government’s commitment to a broad reform agenda that aims to realise durable peace, stability and prosperity for the Sri Lankan people,” it said.

“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.

“He urges continued progress in these areas and emphasises the need for inclusive consultation processes to address issues of transitional justice,” the statement said.
(Colombo/January 08, 2016)

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