The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General congratulates the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, and the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the first year of the country’s political transition. He is encouraged by the Government’s commitment to a broad reform agenda that aims to realize durable peace, stability and prosperity for the Sri Lankan people.
The Secretary-General acknowledges the initial steps the Government has taken to strengthen good governance, advance reconciliation and implement the resolution of the Human Rights Council of October 2015. He urges continued progress in these areas and emphasizes the need for inclusive consultation processes to address issues of transitional justice.
The Secretary-General supports the Government’s efforts to advance a nationwide dialogue to achieve a long-term political settlement acceptable to all. In this regard, he welcomes the Government’s announcement to commence constitutional reform. He calls on all stakeholders to cooperate in a spirit of inclusion and good faith.
The Secretary-General remains committed to supporting Sri Lanka’s reform initiatives to secure long-term peace, prosperity and respect for human rights, including through financial support from the Peacebuilding Fund and technical assistance. He commends Sri Lanka’s leadership in working to transform the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals into reality on the ground.