The United Nations has clarified the delay in releasing a statement on a telephone conversation UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon had with President Maithripala Sirisena last week.
President Sirisena’s office had issued a statement the day the telephone call was made but there was no statement from the UN resulting in speculation being spread over the reasons behind the UN not releasing a statement.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement today said that the delay was as a result of a failure on the part of the UN spokesman’s system.
“Just to clear up some of the various stories on the Secretary-General’s phone conversation last week with the President of Sri Lanka. I can tell you that the Secretary-General congratulated the President on his accomplishments since assuming office, including on the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The Secretary-General sought the President’s views on the prospect for electoral reform. He wished him success with ongoing legislative efforts and inquired about next steps. The Secretary-General said he appreciated the President’s emphasis on reconciliation and offered the UN’s continued support to Sri Lanka’s peacebuilding efforts,” the UN spokesman said with regards to the telephone conversation. (Colombo Gazette)