Ban Maithripala agree to meet in New York

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President Maithripala Sirisena have agreed to meet in New York next month when the President attends to the UN General Assembly.Ban Ki-moon had telephoned the President yesterday and congratulated him on the peaceful conduct of the Parliamentary elections, the President’s office said today. During the conversation, the UN Secretary General had expressed keen interest to meet the President on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. He 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 encouraged the new Government to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation. He had said he 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 for the country. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to attend the UN General Assembly and will speak on the latest developments in Sri Lanka. The President has told the UN chief that he looks forward to the meeting in New York and also agreed to consider some of the advice given by Ban Ki-moon during their telephone conversation.On Tuesday, in a statement issued by his office, Ban Ki-moon applauded the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in the parliamentary elections of 17 August. read more