UN chief encouraged by Sri Lanka response


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is "encouraged" by the Sri Lankan Government's response to a damning UN report about horrific abuses during the war with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Ban said on Thursday he was "encouraged by the response of, and commitment expressed by, the Government of Sri Lanka and the opposition to consult widely with all stakeholders and take meaningful action to address these issues."

He also said he hopes the report's recommendations will support Government efforts in "a genuine and credible process of accountability and reconciliation that meets international standards".

"The victims of all communities, their families and the Sri Lankan nation itself demand no less than a full and proper reckoning," Ban said.