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Ban notes failure in Lanka

2013 Nov 12

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has one again noted the failure by the UN to take action during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Monday, the UN Chief said that in 2012 his Internal Review Panel assessed UN action in the final stages of armed conflict in Sri Lanka as a “systemic failure”.

He said that led to a process being launched to follow-up on the Panel’s recommendations and it led to the “Rights Up Front” Action Plan to improve UN efforts, in accordance with UN obligations under the Charter and as set by Member States.

“The Plan recommits every UN staff member to our core responsibilities for protecting human rights and strengthening accountability, particularly of our most senior managers.  It will simplify communications to and from Headquarters, improve the flow of information and better leverage the UN’s work and presence in a country,” he said.

Ban Ki-moon said he also intends to do more to help Member States reach early consensus to prevent large-scale violations.

“I urge all Member States to support these efforts, which go to the very purpose of our Organization. It  is within the scope of those of us in this room to enable such change and prevent horrendous human suffering,” the UN Chief added. (Colombo Gazette)

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