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Ban insists on accountability, dialogue

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated the importance of dealing with accountability issues as Sri Lanka continues to work towards national reconciliation following its long-running civil war.

Mr. Ban stressed the point during a meeting at United Nations Headquarters with Mahinda Samarasinghe, the Special Envoy of the President of Sri Lanka on Human Rights yesterday, UN News reported.

The meeting was part of the UN’s ongoing dialogue with the Sri Lankan Government as a follow-up to the Joint Statement made by the Secretary-General and President Mahinda Rajapaksa in May 2009, when Ban visited the South Asian nation shortly after the end of the conflict.

Government forces declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009 after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people. The conflict ended with large numbers of Sri Lankans living as internally displaced persons (IDPs), especially in the north of the island country.

Yesterday’s discussion, according to information provided by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, also touched on the importance of an inclusive national dialogue aimed at achieving genuine political reconciliation, as well as ongoing progress with regard to recovery and resettlement efforts in the north.

Last month, Ban forwarded a report by a three-member UN panel of experts on accountability issues during the civil war to the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The panel found there were credible reports that both Government forces and the LTTE committed war crimes during the war’s final months. It recommended that the Government respond to the allegations by initiating an effective accountability process beginning with genuine investigations.

The panel also recommended a review of the UN’s actions regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates during the war and its immediate aftermath, which Ban has asked Thoraya Obaid, the former head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), to conduct.

5 Comments for “Ban insists on accountability, dialogue”

  1. Sisira

    This is the price we are paying for not supporting Vimal Weerawangsa those days. I expected the whole country to flock around him and support the movement against landing of Darusman on our soil. He is the only man in our country with true love to this land, Ranaviruwo and the hard earned victory.


      wimal weerawansa?
      wat if u supported wimal weerawansa? he should have sacked the UN?
      come on people, educate urself.
      wimal weerawansa is smart, he knows nothing will happen even if he scream on top of his lungs or his fast to death comedy show(not a single person have died in this country after theelepan(ltte student), every politician who goes n sits under the tent does it for political advantage.

      sri lanka is a poor 3rd world country. wat power will a simple minister from sri lanka have at the UN?

      think guys think

  2. Sisira

    This is the price we are paying today for not supporting Vimal Werawansa on those difficult few days. We (including me) laughed at him. The whole country should have flocked around him to support the notion against landing of Darusman on our soil. I now realise that I was terribly wrong, Vimal was the only man with true love to this land, Ranawiruwo and the hard earned victory. I salute Vimal Weerawangsa with respect.

  3. nicky Karunarathna, Australia

    First and foremost GOSL should ask transparency and accountability of UN, UNSG and UNHRC regarding war in Iraq and Libyan war. Questions should be base on who did what and who is accountable of tens thousands of death in those countries and total destruction of infrastructure. And also cover the accountability of NATO of tens of thousands death in Libya and president Gaddafi’s gruesome death at the hands of their pet Rebel and NATO’s role in that. It is also responsibility of UNSG be accountabal for AL Baradai latest revelation in his book(former IAEA chief) disclose the crimes committed by UN with Coalition of Willing! Come on! appoint a high powered tribunal to report these things to ICC and bring the culprit to justice soon. It is high time to police the highly corrupt policeman of the world.

  4. ranjith


    I fully agree with nicky
    where is the aqccountaqbility of UN

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