UN raises Fonseka arrest with President
March 16, 2010 08:00 am
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon raised the arrest of a defeated Sri Lankan opposition candidate with its president and expressed concern about events in the Asian nation, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
In a telephone call Tuesday night, Ban also agreed with President Mahinda Rajapaksa that Lynn Pascoe, head of the UN political department, would visit the island soon after the presidential inauguration this month, a UN statement said.
Tensions have risen in
The UN statement said Ban “expressed his concern (to Rajapaksa) about recent
Ban also pressed Rajapaksa to keep a previous commitment to make proposals for a political solution of issues with the Tamil community in the north and ensure full accountability for any human rights violations.
More needed to be done to return people displaced by the fighting with the separatists to their places of origin, the UN chief said.