Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: UN helps Government respond to widespread floods

United Nations agencies are helping the Government of Sri Lanka address the humanitarian needs of more than 100,000 people affected by flash floods and landslides over the past month as heavy rains continue to fall.

Sri Lankan President and UN chief discuss need to move forward on outstanding issues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met today for talks focused on political settlement, reconciliation and accountability.

Sri Lanka pledges enhanced support for UN peacekeeping missions

Sri Lanka is ready to boost its participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the General Assembly today, also calling on the world community to take urgent action to counter climate change and devote greater aid to Africa.

Ban meets panel of experts on human rights issues in Sri Lankan conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has held his first meeting with the panel of experts set up to advise him on accountability issues relating to alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law during the final stages last year of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: UN official calls on donors to ‘stay the course’ to help displaced

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sri Lanka is appealing to the international community to “stay the course” in helping displaced persons return to their former communities in the wake of last year’s end to the country’s protracted civil war.

UN refugee agency commends Canada’s handling of Tamil boat people case

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is encouraged by the way Canadian authorities have handled the situation involving 490 Sri Lankan nationals of Tamil origin who arrived by boat to the country last week and have claimed asylum.

Ban urges Sri Lanka to normalize conditions around UN office in Colombo

Following his decision yesterday to recall the top United Nations official in Colombo and close the UN office there, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called again on the Sri Lankan Government to take urgent action to normalize conditions around the office so the world body can continue its vital work.

Sri Lanka’s failure to prevent disruption of UN work ‘unacceptable’ – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Sri Lankan Government to ensure that the United Nations can carry out its work in the country without disruption, after a cabinet minister announced he is staging a hunger strike outside its offices in Colombo which have been the scene of protests for several days.

UN receives assurances of staff safety following Sri Lanka protests

The United Nations said it is closely monitoring developments in Colombo following yesterday’s protests outside the world body’s offices, noting that it has received assurances of the safety and security of its staff from the Sri Lankan Government.

Sri Lanka: UN speaks out against protests trapping staff inside Colombo office

The United Nations has registered its strong objections to protests organized outside its offices in Colombo today by a Sri Lankan cabinet minister that prevented the world body’s staff and visitors from entering or leaving the premises.