Secretary-General to Recall Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Close UNDP Regional Centre Following ‘Unacceptable’ Colombo Disruption

8 July 2010
SG/SM/13005

Secretary-General to Recall Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Close UNDP Regional Centre Following ‘Unacceptable’ Colombo Disruption

8 July 2010
Secretary-General
SG/SM/13005
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General to Recall Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Close

 

UNDP Regional Centre Following ‘Unacceptable’ Colombo Disruption

 

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General finds it unacceptable that the Sri Lankan authorities have failed to prevent the disruption of the normal functioning of the United Nations offices in Colombo as a result of unruly protests organized and led by a Cabinet Minister of the Government.

In light of the evolving situation, he is recalling the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Neil Buhne, to New York for consultations.  He has also decided that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre in Colombo will be closed.

The Secretary-General calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to live up to its responsibilities towards the United Nations as host country, so as to ensure continuation of the vital work of the Organization to assist the people of Sri Lanka without any further hindrance.

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