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Last updated: 06 June, 2009 - Published 18:00 GMT
 
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"Reach out to minorities" - UN
 
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
The UN Secretary General, Ban ki Moon has warned the Sri Lankan government against triumphalism in the wake of the victory after the military conflict.

It will hinder the ongoing efforts by the Sri Lanka government and the people and the international community in helping healing the wounds said the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon briefing the Security Council on his visit to Sri Lanka last month.

“It is very import at this time to unite and heel the wounds rather than triumphalism”, he said.

Humanitarian assistance

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said that the first and foremost objective of his visit was to provide all necessary humanitarian assistance to more than three hundred thousand displaced people and urge Sri Lankan government to allow access to international humanitarian workers including UN agencies.

Another objective, he said, was to help Sri Lankan government in its efforts to resettle the displaced people and also demining activities.

He said that the final objective which is much more important in the longer term was to help the Sri Lanka government to reach out to minority Tamils and Muslims.

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said that he would like to ask the Sri Lanka government to recognise international call for accountability and transparency.

“Whenever and wherever there are credible allegations of violations of humanitarian law there should be a proper investigation”, he said.

Challenges enormous

Saying that huge and enormous challenges still remain before the government, he said this requires international assistance.

The UN is ready to continue providing humanitarian assistance and facilitate the on going efforts by the Sri Lankan government in healing the wounds through national reconciliation and political dialogue, Secretary General Ban ki Moon said.

 
 
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