UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to speak to President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the arrest of General Sarath Fonseka, a UN spokesman told reporters in New York.
The UN Chief has urged authorities in Sri Lanka to ensure the rights and safety of the defeated presidential candidate and former army chief who was arrested on Monday.
Mr. Ban is following developments in the South Asian nation “with concern,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.
“He urges the authorities to follow due process of law and provide all the necessary protections and guarantees to his safety,” said Mr. Nesirky.
“He underlined the importance of ensuring a positive political climate as the country prepares for parliamentary elections and in the interest of peace, stability and reconciliation.”
The Secretary-General intends to speak to Mr. Rajapaksa, who was re-elected after obtaining nearly 58 per cent of the more than 10 million votes cast in the recent polls, and will maintain close engagement through his senior advisers, the spokesperson added.