UN role for Sri Lanka ex-army General Shavendra Silva

[BBC] One of Sri Lanka’s most controversial diplomats, an ex-army commander, has got a senior post advising the UN secretary general, the government says. [Full Story]

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Sri Lankan president receives response to scathing U.N. report

[CNN] Sri Lanka’s response to a scathing United Nations report alleging war crimes and human rights violations has reached the president’s desk. [Full Story]

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Ban stresses importance of accountability as Sri Lanka recovers from civil war

[UN News Centre] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the importance of dealing with accountability issues as Sri Lanka continues to work towards national reconciliation following its long-running civil war. [Full Story]

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NEWSMAKER – U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is no stranger to criticism

[Reuters] Ban formally announced his candidacy for the post of U.N. secretary-general on Monday. So far no other candidate has emerged to oppose him and U.N. diplomats say the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly will likely complete the re-election process before the end of June. [Full Story]

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Sri Lanka: UN expert calls for ‘humanitarian pause’ to save trapped civilians

[UN News Centre] “I am deeply concerned for the lives of over 100,000 civilians trapped in the 14-square kilometre area of the Vanni declared by the Government of Sri Lanka as a no-fire zone, Walter Kälin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Representative for the Human Rights of Displaced Persons said following a four-day visit to the island […]

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