United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed his “strong expectation” that the Government of Sri Lanka will ensure “the peaceful and credible conduct” of its upcoming Presidential election. The Secretary-General spoke on the phone with Sri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs Prof. GL Peiris on 24 December and reaffirmed the UN’s continuous support for reconciliation, political dialogue and accountability as the country heads towards the election on 8 January 2015.
During the call, the Secretary-General has also noted the importance of inclusive participation of all Sri Lankan voters, including from minority communities, in the election process without any fear, his office said in a statement. He reaffirmed the UN’s continuous support for reconciliation, political dialogue and accountability in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has experienced a spate of ethnic and sectarian attacks since its 26-year civil conflict, which pitted the Government against Tamil insurgents, ended in 2009.