"Trust deficit" between communities in Sri Lanka, says UN official

Listen /

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, briefs reporters at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Communities in Sri Lanka need to address what has been described as a "wide trust deficit" between them.

That's according to the head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman who has just returned from a visit to the country.

Mr. Feltman told reporters in New York on Tuesday that his visit was to assess how the UN can assist in the transition as the country recovers from civil war.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman said the UN sees an historic opportunity to rejuvenate the organization's relations with Sri Lanka.

He told reporters that in his discussions with officials there he conveyed the UN's admiration for the courage and spirit that Sri Lankans demonstrated in the January presidential elections.

Sri Lanka is recovering from a civil war between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels which ended in 2009.

Mr Feltman said the UN recognized that people have a long list of grievances as a result of the conflict.

He said now was the time for all Sri Lankans to work together.

"Without question, there is still a wide trust deficit between communities in Sri Lanka, especially between the Tamil and the Sihnalese. It is indispensable that all national stakeholders work together in a spirit of inclusion and consultation. I left Sri Lanka convinced that this is a historic opportunity to seize." (19")

The UN says it will continue to assist in the reconciliation process.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1'10"

Filed under Today's News.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...




December 2017
« Nov