Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka fighting over, but much work remains, says Ban

The Sri Lankan Government last month declared that its military operation against Tamil rebels has ended, but there remain a number of outstanding issues that if left unaddressed could lead more violence, stated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Access to displaced Sri Lankans has improved, UN reports

The United Nations humanitarian wing reported today that access to camps in Vavuniya housing some of the hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by the recently-ended conflict in Sri Lanka has improved, though some delays are still being experienced.

Crucial for Sri Lankan Government to honour its promises, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated how important it is for the Sri Lankan Government to follow up on the commitments it made last month after ending its military operation against Tamil rebels, and said he is writing to the country’s President on the matter.

Food aid reached 280,000 people uprooted in post-conflict Sri Lanka – UN

Basic food supplies were distributed to around 280,000 people last month following the end of the conflict between Government forces and rebels in north-east Sri Lanka, the United Nations humanitarian wing announced today.

Ban asks Sri Lanka to heed calls for accountability, transparency

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his appeal to the Government of Sri Lanka to heed international calls for accountability and transparency, and for an inquiry into alleged abuses committed during the recently concluded conflict with Tamil rebels.

UN scaling up efforts to facilitate return home of displaced Sri Lankans

The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are working to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of people who were uprooted by clashes between Sri Lankan Government forces and Tamil rebels are able to return to their homes.

Civilian casualties in Sri Lanka conflict ‘unacceptably high’ – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his strong concerns over “unacceptably high” civilian casualties in the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil rebels, while rejecting in the strongest terms any figure attributed to the United Nations.