UN relieved at peaceful polls

28 January 2010 01:58 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed relief that Sri Lanka’s presidential elections concluded relatively free of violence and he reiterated his call to the country’s political parties to abide by the official results and to pursue any concerns peacefully.

“I realize that the election has been quite a hard-fought one,” Mr. Ban said in response to questions from journalists at United Nations Headquarters in New York. These are the first polls conducted in Sri Lanka since a decades-long civil war between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended last May.  

“I had been concerned at the level of violence during the campaign. I am relieved that the vote yesterday appears to have [been] relatively peaceful, despite some violent incidents.”

Noting that Sri Lankan electoral authorities had declared the results, the Secretary-General appealed to political parties “to abide by the decision and rules and regulations, including addressing any electoral grievances.

“I truly hope that all sides will see the wisdom of acting with restraint and responsibility in the interest of the nation. This would bode well for future elections and national harmony.”  (UN)

  Comments - 13

  • Thursday, 28 January 2010 03:33 AM

    Moon must be living on the darker side of the Moon... Hallelujah!

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 03:37 AM

    It is too early for the UN to declare that the election has been finalized "Peacefully"

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 03:38 AM

    I really don't think the world would require a UN that would accept such wrong doing. This shows what a "spineless" entity this is.


    Thursday, 28 January 2010 03:38 AM

    It is a big releif for us too as a proud nation of conducting public affairs peacefully. Thanks to daily mirror also for their journalistic contribution . All my friends who sent comments for various news articles were all unp supporters but as UPUL KARU my comments with few others of the finallity of the Presidential Election became the reality. UPFA will win the general election too.

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 04:19 AM

    its the vote of our countries innocent people ..! they know what they vote for..!

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 04:30 AM

    When Un accusing us on war crimes you did not see them as spineless. Please accept that majority Sinhalese Vote base accepted MR as the leader.

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:16 PM

    Royalist and Saman, don't bark at Moon you men.

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 02:14 AM

    I bet the government will listen this time.

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 02:41 AM

    Looks like Basil has bought Ban Ki-Moon also.

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 01:24 PM

    I agree with you UPUL KARU...IT IS US WHO VOTED MR for the presidentship.. and now we shall vote the UPFA for the Govnt soon.. so that NO hurdles will be left towards developing this UNP/LTTE mafia nation! just imagine the effort MR put in winning the war is put towrds developing this nation? We shall go from middle income earning country (As World Bank said on 11th Jan2010) to High income earning catogory before the end of his tenure!

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 07:17 PM

    The UN and everyone else, is obviously asleep ! ! !

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 02:57 AM

    Any comment from UN how the election was conducted.

    Thursday, 28 January 2010 03:24 AM

    Ban Ki Moon, You seems to be not on this planet.

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