UN chief says Sri Lanka killings prompted self-scrutiny

(From AP)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday the world body has failed to protect civilians in conflicts despite repeated commitments, and the killings at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war seven years ago prompted him to launch an initiative to focus early attention on human rights violations.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gestures during his speech at the "Sustaining Peace - Achieving Sustainable Development Goals" forum during an official visit in Colombo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gestures during his speech at the “Sustaining Peace – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals” forum during an official visit in Colombo, Sri Lanka September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

While Sri Lankans are engaging in a process of reckoning and reconciliation, the U.N. has engaged in “self-scrutiny,” Ban said in a speech to a foreign relations think tank as part of a three-day visit to Sri Lanka.

He said that had the U.N been more active during Sri Lanka’s civil war, many lives could have been saved.

“Sri Lanka has taught us many important lessons . (and) you have also made serious problems among your people,” Ban said, adding that the U.N. made “big mistakes” during the critical last several months of the civil war. Read More



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