• UN pushes ‘long term peace’ under new Sri Lanka government


    COLOMBO: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged Sri Lanka’s new government to ensure “long term peace” as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was set to form a coalition committed to ethnic reconciliation. “The secretary-general encouraged the prime minister and the national unity government to seize this opportunity to advance long-term peace for all Sri Lankans,” the UN said in a statement. The UN statement received Saturday said Ban congratulated Wickremesinghe and commended his message of “good governance and national unity.” “He (Ban) noted that the peaceful nature of the polls as well as high voter turn-out were in part a reflection of this message,” the UN said.



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