UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban ki-Moon, delivers a media statement in Colombo, concluding his three-day visit to Sri Lanka on 2 Sep 2016. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)
SRI LANKA (2 September 2016) At the invitation of the Government, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, arrived in Sri Lanka on the 31 August 2016 for a three-day visit, where he met with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and other members of the Government and of the Parliament.
During his visit, the Secretary-General travelled to Galle on 1 September, where he participated and delivered a statement at an event involving youth under the theme ‘Reconciliation and Coexistence: Role of Youth’. On 2 September, the Secretary-General travelled to Jaffna, where he visited a resettlement site. During the visit, the Secretary-General also met with several Cabinet Ministers including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera; the Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya and Political Party Leaders; and civil society representatives.
At the invitation of the Chairperson and Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), the Secretary-General spoke at an event in Colombo on 2 September on ‘Sustaining Peace – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals’, focusing in particular on Goal 16, namely, the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
At the end of his visit on 2 September, the Secretary-General addressed the media at a press briefing organized by the United Nations Office in Colombo.
Media Statement by the UN Secretary-General (2 Sept 2016, Colombo): English | Sinhala* | Tamil* | Video | Photo 1 | UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
*Translations to follow shortly