United Nations, Jan 9: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the transfer of power in Sri Lanka, affirming the world body's support to newly-elected President Maithripala Sirisena for reconciliation and accountability in the island nation.
The Secretary-General "congratulates the people of Sri Lanka on the successful conclusion of the presidential election, and welcomes the constitutional transfer of power," Ban's deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters here. He said Ban applauds the Sri Lankan Elections Commission for its "professionalism" in ensuring a peaceful and credible election.
The UN chief also commended the efforts of the candidates, including in particular outgoing President Mahinda Rajapaksa, law enforcement agencies and civil society for upholding and respecting democratic governance. "The Secretary-General looks forward to working with President Maithripala Sirisena and the people of Sri Lanka. He affirms the continuous support of the United Nations for development, reconciliation, political dialogue and accountability in Sri Lanka," Haq said.