Home / News/ Ban hails Lanka’s ‘deepening’ efforts to heal war wounds

Ban hails Lanka’s ‘deepening’ efforts to heal war wounds


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:00

Facebook

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon hailed Sri Lanka’s “deepening” efforts to heal the wounds of war, in his final opening address to the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday. 

Opening the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday (20), the UN Secretary General used Myanmar and Sri Lanka as states in now in transformation from conflict and political turmoil. 

“In Myanmar, the transition has entered a promising new phase. In Sri Lanka, post war healing efforts have deepened,” Ban told the Assembly. dft-8-5

He said that in both countries, true reconciliation rests on ensuring that all communities – minorities and majorities alike are included in building a new union. 

Ban Ki-moon, who is the eighth secretary general of the United Nations, wraps up his second five year term at the helm of the global body at the end of this year. 

In his final address to world leaders and representatives of 193 UN Member States, Ban underscored the grave security threats facing the world today. 

“Armed conflicts have grown more protracted and complex. Governance failures have pushed societies past the brink. Radicalisation has threatened social cohesion – precisely the response that violent extremists seek and welcome,” the UN Secretary General told the assembly. 

He called on world leaders to understand that holding office is trust granted by the people and not personal property. 

“My message to all is clear: “Serve your people. Do not subvert democracy. Do not pilfer our country’s resources. Do not imprison and torture your critics,” Ban appealed. 

Climate change and the refugee crisis stemming from violence in Syria will be on the top of the agenda at the General Assembly session in New York this month, and the issues were underscored in the UN Chief’s speech as he opened the 71st Session. 

“Gulfs of mistrust divide citizens from their leaders. Extremists push people into camps of ‘us’ and ‘them’. The earth assails us with rising seas, record heat and extreme storms. And danger defines the days of many.” (DB)


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Soaring heights of NPLs in banking

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Capital inadequacy, political interference, abuse of power, wasteful and unproductive expenditure, corrupt deals, circumventions of regulatory directions, unscrupulous lending operations, imposed IMF and WB conditions for reforms, and window-dressed


New Land Policy: Ideal alternate development strategy, but accompanying policies needed

Thursday, 27 June 2019

It is reported that the Government has prepared a law to grant freehold possession of farm land held under lease from the Government. This may be a revision of the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) of 1935. This article proposes to discuss the pros a


Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part II

Thursday, 27 June 2019

A journalist of New York Times requested Hideki Shirakawa, a Nobel laureate, to describe Japanese culture. He said, “Fundamentally, Japanese culture is based on rice farming. Rice cultivation requires a lot of water, and water must be shared evenly


Country’s reconciliation with English and Moragahakanda

Thursday, 27 June 2019

When the country received independence from British, it was blessed with an efficient administration, a high standard in education, and also sound foreign exchange reserves; the country was admired by other countries. The three major and several mino


Columnists More