Ban seeks accountability on war

N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wants to see accountability in Sri Lanka over the war, a UN spokesman said ahead of talks between Ban and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, responding to a question posed at a press briefing yesterday (Thursday) said that the Secretary-General’s position on the human rights investigation is unchanged.

“He’s obviously aware that the new administration is considering setting domestic accountability mechanisms and will be carefully assessing these developments.  The Secretary‑General has stressed the importance of Sri Lanka establishing credible mechanisms that meet international standards.  Advancing accountability, like other parts of the post‑war agenda in Sri Lanka, will lay the basis for the country to make further progress on peace, democracy and development,” Dujarric said.

un 1He added that the UN stands ready, as always, to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to address the post‑war agenda as they have consistently affirmed. (Colombo Gazette)