UNSG arrives today
United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon will arrives today on
the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on a two day visit and
will hold talks with the President and senior UN officials on the
current situation in the country especially about hundreds of thousands
of Internally Displaced Persons of the North being provided with
shelter, food and other relief services by the government.
President Rajapaksa will brief the UN Secretary General and discuss
the needs of the IDPs as well as the current situation in the country
with the defeat of the LTTE after more than 25 years of continued
bloodshed and sabotage inflicted vital economic centres and public
property by the terrorists, senior official sources said yesterday.
President Rajapaksa had kept Secretary General Ban ki Moon informed
of the situation during important times of the armed conflict with the
While officials of some foreign governments and lesser UN officials
had made unorthodox comments about the situation of civilians in the
North the Secretary General had expressed his concerns and was prepared
to assist Sri Lanka in its efforts bring back normalcy to the
beleaguered people of the country.
President Rajapaksa during his visit to Jordan to attend the World
Economic Forum had telephoned Ban ki Moon and apprised him of the
situation of the country.
On May 10, the UN pledged 71 million US dollars - about rupees 8
billion as aid for the welfare and rehabilitation of the IDPs to be
disbursed through the UNICEF, UNHCR and other UN agencies working in the
The UN News Centre in a release said Tuesday (19) quoted Secretary
General Ban ki Moon saying “The task now facing the people of Sri Lanka
is immense and requires all hands” and UN agencies are stepping up their
efforts to assist the hundreds of thousand of people displaced by the
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
estimates that there are 220,000 who have already reached the IDP camps
and it is believed that another 40,000 – 60,000 people are on their way
to the sites.”
Ban ki Moon will visit the IDP camps in the Vanni and Vakarai and
will meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Kandy and will field a press
conference after the meeting with the President, Foreign Ministry
** UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon from the
Republic of Korea had 37 years of national and international service.
** He was the Minister for Foreign Trade of his
** During his long tenure of public service he
was posted to New Delhi, Washington DC and held several high positions.
** He received his bachelor’s degree in
international relations from Seoul National University in 1970.