US Secretary of State John Kerry told President Sirisena at a meeting in New York that the US is very encouraged by the steps that the President is taking and Sri Lanka is taking with respect to reconciliation.
He said Sri Lanka is also making important economic reforms so the story of Sri Lanka is a great one.
President Sirisena said that the current Government of Sri Lanka continues the path towards economic progress and reconciliation.
He further stated that the Government is facing lot of challenges from the destabilizing forces in the North as well as the South, who want to deter the reconciliation process. “For example, some of the small minority of the people in the North refused to go back to their lands due to pressure from the extremist groups”, he said.
“Similarly, some Southern groups are engaged in decrying the reconciliation process. But the unity government is determined to implement the intended programs despite such oppositions”, he said.
He clarified that although there are differences among the policies of the unity Government they have agreed upon a broad policy formula and continue to implement it. “Therefore, the strengthening the stability of the Government remains uncompromised as it is committed to fulfilling aspirations of the people who elected this government on January 08, 2015”, he said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also met the President for talks. They followed up on their discussions on transitional justice, reconciliation and constitutional reform earlier this month during the Secretary-General’s visit to Sri Lanka.
The Secretary-General commended the President for the constructive meetings in Colombo and wished him well with the implementation of the proposed reforms.
The Secretary-General and the President also discussed climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. (Colombo Gazette)