2018 - 2022
Ms. Hanaa Singer, presented her credentials to His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, as the new United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, at his residence on Wednesday. Ms. Singer also called on Honourable Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs, earlier this week.
The Secretary-General welcomes the resolution of the political crisis in Sri Lanka through peaceful, constitutional means, and applauds the resilience of the country’s democratic institutions.
The Secretary-General learned with concern of President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Sri Lanka’s parliament and move to new parliamentary elections on 5 January 2019.
The Secretary-General spoke by telephone with H.E. Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, on 1 November. He emphasized the Government’s responsibility to ensure peace, security and respect for the rule of law. The Secretary-General urged the President to revert to Parliamentary procedures and allow the Parliament to vote as soon as possible. He encouraged the Government to uphold its earlier commitments to human rights, justice and reconciliation, in line with Human Rights Council resolutions.