Secretary-General mourns deaths of two aid workers in Sri Lanka

Secretary-General mourns deaths of two aid workers in Sri Lanka

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the brutal killings of two employees of the Sri Lankan Red Cross at the weekend and offered his condolences to their families.

Mr. Ban demanded that the police thoroughly investigate the incident and reminded the Government of its obligation to investigate the murders of 17 Action Contre la Faim aid workers who were killed 10 months ago, according to a statement released by his spokesperson.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the security of civilians and aid workers in Sri Lanka and reminds all parties in the country that aid workers have a right to protection at all times,” the statement said.

Mr. Ban has spoken out repeatedly this year against the intensifying violence between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and called for them to return to the negotiating table.