Tamil Diplomat

UN chief holds discussion with NPC CM

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who is on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka, today met the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice CV Wigneswaran.

During this short meeting Wigneswaran expressed his disappointment that nothing has been done to fulfil the promises made in the joint statement issued by the UN and the n Sri Lankan government during the Secretary General’s first visit to Sri Lankan in May 2009.

Ban Ki Moon, in replying to Wigneswaran’s remark said that there is a new government in Sri Lanka, which should be given more time to address the issues.

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During his visit to Jaffna, Ban Ki Moon also met Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan and the senior leaders of the Tamil National Alliance.

Ban Ki Moon had also met the Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister along with several other political leaders and civil society representatives in Colombo.

He will deliver a keynote speech at a public event on the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 16, dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

This is his first visit to Sri Lanka in seven years. He last visited the island nation in May 2009, just after the end of the war.

The UN chief is expected to leave Lanka late night today for China to participate in the G20 Summit.

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