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* UN closes office in Sri Lanka, recalls Resident Coordinator
Thu, Jul 8, 2010, 11:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 08, New York: The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that the UNDP Regional Centre in Colombo will be closed and recalled the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Neil Buhne, to New York for consultations.

Issuing a statement today the Spokesman for the Secretary-General said that he "finds it unacceptable that the Sri Lankan authorities have failed to prevent the disruption of the normal functioning of the United Nations offices in Colombo as a result of unruly protests organized and led by a cabinet minister of the Government."

"In light of the evolving situation, he is recalling the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Neil Buhne, to New York for consultations. He has also decided that the UNDP Regional Centre in Colombo will be closed."

The Secretary-General calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to live up to its responsibilities towards the United Nations as host country, so as to ensure continuation of the vital work of the Organization to assist the people of Sri Lanka without any further hindrance, the statement further said.

Sri Lanka's National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader and Housing, Construction and Engineering Services Minister Wimal Weerawansa today (08) launched a fast unto death outside the UN office in Colombo in protest over the panel of experts appointed by the UN Secretary-General.

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