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* UN urges broad dialogue among Sri Lankans to bring lasting reconciliation
Wed, May 14, 2014, 03:48 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 14, New York: The United Nations said today that aspirations and grievances of all communities are of fundamental importance for the overall development in Sri Lanka.

Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General made this comment Tuesday in response to a question raised during yesterday's press briefing whether the UN has any comment on Sri Lanka's decision to ban the public commemoration of LTTE combatants killed in the war.

In response to the question, the Spokesman noted that in the 2009 Joint Statement by the Secretary-General and the President of Sri Lanka, addressing the aspirations and grievances of all communities is of fundamental importance for the overall development in Sri Lanka.

Dujarric said that the UN urges a broad dialogue among all Sri Lankans to bring about lasting reconciliation, peace and development in the country.

Sri Lanka has banned organized events of any form to commemorate members of the LTTE in any part of the country as it is illegal since LTTE is a proscribed organization.

However, the military said that any family who had lost a member during the terrorist insurgency has the freedom to privately mourn the loss of their loved ones in keeping with their religious beliefs.

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