UN urges Sri Lanka’s national unity govt to lock long term peace


Aug 24, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka new national unity government should seize the opportunity they got after polls in August to advance long-term peace for all Sri Lankans, United Nation’s general secretary said.

“The Secretary-General encouraged the Prime Minister and the national unity government to seize this opportunity to advance long-term peace for all Sri Lankans,” Ban Ki-moon, general secretary of United Nation, said in a statement.

He said this when he called Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on Friday. Ban Ki-moon had congratulated the Prime Minister on his election and commended his message of good governance and national unity.

“He (Ban Ki –moon) noted that the peaceful nature of the polls as well as high voter turn-out were in part a reflection of this message. He wished him success in the important task that lay before him.”

Sri Lanka held its general election on August 17th giving more seats to the ruling United National Party (UNP) in parliament. Now the government has signed a coalition MOU with Sri Lanka freedom party (SLFP) to run the country.
The Indian Ocean Island, which had a 30-year war against Tamil Tiger rebels, is still healing its wounds from the war.

The agreement between new rulers and the SLFP plans to initiate constitutional reforms to ensure ethnic unity and uphold the rights of minorities.