UN determined to learn from its failure during 2009 war in Sri Lanka

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Secretary-General(right) meets with Charles Petrie

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is determined that the Organization learns from its failure to meet its responsibilities during the 2009 war in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Ban made the comments through his spokesperson on Wednesday following a briefing by Charles Petrie who led the Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action in Sri Lanka.

The review panel was established after another group of experts created in 2010 criticized the United Nations' response to the terrible situation facing civilians in the north of Sri Lanka during the war.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more on the report of the Internal Review Panel.

"The report concludes that the United Nations system failed to meet its responsibilities — highlighting, in particular, the roles played by the Secretariat, the agencies and programmes of the UN Country Team, and the members of the Security Council and Human Rights Council. The Secretary-General is determined that the United Nations draws the appropriate lessons and does its utmost to earn the confidence of the world's people, especially those caught in conflict who look to the Organization for help." (Duration: 29")

Mr. Nesirky says the Panel's report recognizes initiatives that were taken in the wake of the events in Sri Lanka to prevent a similar breakdown.

However, he added, the Secretary-General is fully committed to ensuring that much more is done and will organize a senior-level team to advise him on a way forward.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’33″

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