M Mushfiqul Fazal, UN Correspondent
The UN Secretary-General has urged all Sri Lankan stakeholders to find a solution to the current challenges through dialogue.
He also expressed his deep concern about the escalation of violence in Sri Lanka.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said this in reply to a question on Sri Lanka crisis at the regular noon briefing at UN Headquarters on Wednesday.
In the briefing, M Mushfiqul Fazal asked, “On Sri Lanka, peoples are demanding President’s resignation, though his brother, Prime Minister [Mahinda] Rajapaksa, already resigned. And authorities are attacking on the peaceful protesters, and violence taking place in the capital, Colombo. So, what is your comment? And people are suffering… facing severely the shortage of food and medicine The island nation facing worst economy crisis since its independence.”
In reply, the Deputy Spokesperson said, “What I can say is that the Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Sri Lanka. He condemns all violence and calls on all parties to exercise restraint. He continues to encourage all Sri Lankan stakeholders to find a solution to the current challenges through dialogue.”