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UN Chief says accountability is key

2014 Apr 03

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stressed on the importance of accountability in Sri Lanka after the UN Human Rights Council had last week passed a resolution calling for an international investigation in the country.

Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General said that the UN Chief has called on the government to constructively engage and cooperate in the implementation of the resolution passed in Geneva.

“The Secretary-General has consistently underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Sri Lanka.  He welcomes the determination by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to advance accountability and promote lasting peace and reconciliation in the country.  The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to constructively engage and cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner on the implementation of the resolution adopted last week by the Human Rights Council,” Haq said.

The spokesman said that Ban Ki-moon recalls the commitments made to him on accountability by the President of Sri Lanka in their Joint Statement of 2009.

He said the United Nations will remain engaged with Sri Lanka to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to make progress in accountability, reconciliation and a lasting political solution.

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