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Ban Ready To Work With Maithri

UN Secretary Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the people of Sri Lanka on the successful conclusion of the presidential election, and welcomed the constitutional transfer of power.

The Secretary-General applauded the Elections Commission for its professionalism in ensuring a peaceful and credible election.

He also commended the efforts of the candidates, including in particular outgoing President Mahinda Rajapaksa, law enforcement agencies and civil society for upholding and respecting democratic governance.

The Secretary-General said he looked forward to working with President Maithripala Sirisena and the people of Sri Lanka. He affirmed the continuous support of the United Nations for development, reconciliation, political dialogue and accountability in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma also congratulated President Maithripala Sirisena, on his success in the 8 January presidential election and his assumption of office.

The Secretary-General commended the work and contribution of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the election and, in a telephone conversation, thanked President Bharrat Jagdeo for his leadership of the Group. He looked forward to receiving the Group’s findings and recommendations.

The Secretary-General said, “I extend my warm congratulations to President Sirisena and wish him success in the tasks that lie ahead as he takes office. I look forward to working with him and his Government, both in his capacity as President of Sri Lanka and as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office. I also look forward to welcoming him to next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta in November 2015″.

He continued, “I also applaud President Rajapaksa, who swiftly honoured the democratic verdict of the people”.

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