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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2961

President Mahinda Rajapaksa invites the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Sri Lanka

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

Colombo, 06 May, ( President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Sri Lanka to see for himself and construe an independent assessment of the situation regarding the action for the accommodation and treatment of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have recently come to government controlled areas in such large numbers, and surmise plans for their resettlement. A source from the Presidential Secretariat disclosed this to the Asian Tribune today.

This invitation was made during the course of a telephone conversation between the President and the UN Secretary General on the evening of May 5. The President has also told the UN Secretary General that he would then be able to make a better assessment of the conditions faced by the Tamil civilians still held hostage by the LTTE in a small stretch of the Civilian Safety Zone.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has also said that such a visit will help to dispel the false propaganda spread all over the world by the LTTE regarding the Government of Sri Lanka.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has also told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that such a personal visit would enable a better understanding of the cooperation between the Government and the United Nations and its various relief organizations as well as with Sri Lankan and foreign NGOs, in these temporary transit locations for the IDPs.

The telephone conversation was initiated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. No date for the UN Secretary General’s visit has been agreed on yet.

- Asian Tribune -

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