Emergency in Kandy: Top UN official to visit SL

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UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman will visit Sri Lanka this week, the UN spokesman said Tuesday, after anti-Muslim riots prompted the government to declare a state of emergency.

Feltman, the UN under-secretary-general for political affairs, will arrive Friday for three days of talks with Sri Lankan leaders and is expected to visit Kandy where two people were killed in the violence.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the visit was planned before the state of emergency was imposed.

“We are obviously concerned over reports of the ongoing communal violence and we welcome the government’s commitment to addressing the tensions and achieve reconciliation,” he said.

“We urge all Sri Lankans to resolve their difference through dialogue.”(AFP)

  Comments - 17

  • Charlis Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:12 AM

    One of our NGOs must have sent out a crisis call.

    Citizen Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:48 AM

    Its a life threatening crisis.Government utterly failed to do their duties and at least an NGO is doing that.

    Gune Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:28 AM

    Not only NGO, mostly it's social media

    alex Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:11 AM

    why you don't know that all media have reported this and it is public knowledge. No need for anyone to send a crisis call

    Nathan Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:59 AM

    Already tensions were there for a very long time but some foreign country is the hidden hand that exploited the initial incidents to escalate it quickly to a fully fledged communal riots.

    hans perlee Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:32 AM

    And what country would that be? If you accuse a country you also should name that country.

    Calista Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:08 AM

    what else the banana republic.

    sam Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:04 AM

    Why not drop in Syria en-route ?

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:16 AM

    what this govt went on talking about MR is boomaranging

    Cricket lesson Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:17 AM

    Sri Lankan President has not yet learned what to do for our country. Singapore Liquan-U in 1960 learned lesson from Sri Lanka violence and he taught English Language to every citizen there and law and order kept very seriously. In past 2 weeks what Prez has done to destabilize this country with JO. Why Law and order minister resigned? When UNP proposed SF to this post, why Prez has not agreed? Who came to Kandy to do violence? Who was the man behind this told by Wimal W at parliament ?Why committee is not appointed in parliament like cope to find it?

    faito Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:01 AM

    in island wide 70 percent shops are belonging muslim owners 70 percent goods supplying to shop from sinhala speaks then who lost ? both of them

    Urgent Msg - Evil Act Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:17 AM

    Evil is planning to do more violence in SriLanka. Why? Prez and JO had a deal recently to destabilize the govt. by a no confidence motion against PM. This is an evil act. Prez should apologize at least for himself and turn back to support UNP -SLFP government. Otherwise evil will do more violence like in 1983. Tell this msg to Prez immediately.

    gamaathi Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:21 AM

    still, the government could not appoint a capable person for the law and order ministry and situation has worsened.

    Alponso Wednesday, 07 March 2018 01:43 PM

    Kindly give equal attention to Ghouta where Thousands are dying daily due to ongoing fight. UN should send more officials

    vithura Wednesday, 07 March 2018 03:52 PM

    Now SL will have no chance of being heard or believed in UNHRC or by the international community, all the nationalists would be able to do is whistle in the wind!

    GH Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:55 PM

    We fear, that your visit might worse the situation.

    nick Thursday, 08 March 2018 07:32 AM

    hard to blame the pm or prez this is done by another party who wants the county burned & choose Muslims as they are easy target so they can come back to power again good try but dont think it will happen just coz of some uncivilized morons on the street burning shops & looting will it make the majority to act stupidly doubt it via DM Android App

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