Make further progress on good governance – UN Chief encourages new Govt
Applauding the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in the parliamentary elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged the new Government to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation.
“The Secretary-General applauds the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in the parliamentary elections of 17 August,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.
The UN chief in his statement also commended the President for having shepherded an inclusive process and the Election Commissioner for his exemplary efforts in helping guarantee the exercise of the right to vote of the people of Sri Lanka.
“The Secretary-General encourages the new Government to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation,” the statement continues, adding that Mr. Ban looks forward to continuing to work with the President, the Prime Minister, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka in support of building long-term peace and prosperity.
reconciliation does not mean accepting that there has been genocide committed by our forces or giving into all the demands of the minorities who most of them are living in the south without any communal bias
The accused are required to “accept” that genocide was committed.
When you are flagged down by a traffic policemen for “over speeding” you to not have to accept the policeman’s accusation. It is up to the policemen to demonstrate in an independent judicial forum the accused was breaching a law. The policeman has to demonstrate that a speed limit was promulgated in law and that the limit was given adequate publicity and that the driver carried a driving license that was issued on condition that traffic laws be obeyed while being a driver and that the vehicle was measured, satisfactorily, to be moving at a speed above the speed limit.
Likewise, Sri Lanka is being accused by the international community for having committed genocide. It is up to the accusers to prove this accusation beyond reasonable doubt in a forum that is competent for independent judgement.
Until such judgement is delivered, Sri Lanka remains innocent.
To accept accusations prior to evidence being judged would be foolhardy.