Oct 24, Colombo: The United Nations on Thursday commended the Sri Lankan government's post-war development saying that the government has set an example to other countries with the impressive progress made in resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Subinay Nandy said the infrastructure development is also progressing successfully at present.
"The relationship between these achievements and reconstruction efforts and the genuine drive to achieve reconciliation must be carefully nurtured by creating suitable conditions and resolute political commitment to enforce policies that respect and protect minority rights, and encourage dialogue, peace and reconciliation," the UN official said.
He made these remarks at a ceremony held in the National Youth Services Council in Maharagama today to mark the 68th anniversary of the United Nations.
Nandy said the government has been able to establish democracy in the Northern Province by the recently concluded Provincial Council elections and has given the people in the North the opportunity to gain recognition and respect by promoting a dialogue on sharing power and engaging in efforts to bring about reconciliation and long term peace.
The UN representative also praised Sri Lanka for its efforts taken to enhance national reconciliation and pledged the UN's utmost support to Sri Lanka in its move to make the aspiration of the public a reality/
Addressing the event, Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara recalled the support extended by the UN to Sri Lanka when the country faced difficult situations. He expressed confidence that the UN will continue its support to overcome the future challenges of the country.