UN chief congratulates Sri Lanka on setting up office of missing persons

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UNITED NATIONS, July 21 (APP): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has congratulated the Sri Lankan Government for setting up an Office of Missing Persons (OMP), “an important step for all Sri Lankans who are still looking for the truth about their loved ones.”
“The United Nations stands ready to support this process and the
Secretary-General looks forward to [the Office] becoming operational as soon as possible, starting with the appointment of independent commissioners,” Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq said In a statement released Thursday.
For many years, Sri Lanka’s armed conflict was a matter of grave
international concern, a UN press release pointed out. The United Nations supported political efforts to resolve the conflict and, during its final stages in 2009, strongly advocated respect for human rights and a humane and orderly end to the fighting.
In the aftermath of the conflict, the United Nations, through the work
of its agencies, funds and programmes on the ground, has assisted with the safe and dignified return and resettlement of civilians uprooted by the conflict, according to the press release.
“The UN has also encouraged the Government of Sri Lanka to adopt
policies to promote political reconciliation and a credible accountability process for allegations of wartime violations of international human rights and humanitarian law”