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Ban invited to visit Sri Lanka

2014 Feb 20

Secretary General Ban ki-moon has been invited to visit Sri Lanka in May, innercity press quoted Minister Dullas Alahapperuma as saying.

The Minister, who met the UN Chief on Tuesday had told innercity press yesterday that the invitation was for the UN Chief to attend a global youth conference in Colombo.

It was still not clear if Ban ki-moon will attend the conference or send his envoy on youth affairs to represent him at the event.

After Tuesday’s meeting a UN statement said that the Secretary-General and the Minister discussed the importance of advancing the global agenda for and on behalf of youth, and the importance of youth participation in efforts to tackle major global challenges, including unemployment.

“The Secretary-General drew particular attention to the role of the youth in peace, reconciliation and ending violence,” the UN statement added.

They discussed the World Conference on Youth, to be held in May in Colombo, and its potential contribution to the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Incidentally Sri Lanka, in May, commemorates the fifth anniversary since the defeat of the LTTE and the end of the 30 year war.

A UN commissioned panel had claimed that some 40,000 civilians had been killed during the final stages of the war between the rebels and the army.

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