United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Neil Buhne has said that Sri Lanka is overcoming the polarization and distrust associated with a long conflict.
Mr. Buhne was addressing the 65thUN Day celebrations. He said more than most countries, Sri Lanka is positioned to move beyond that and take advantage of the opportunities an interconnected world offers – to improve peoples’ lives.
He emphasized that it is Sri Lankans who will make this happen. However, Mr. Buhne assured that the United Nations can help Sri Lanka use the universal values of tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity to do this - values which are central in Dhamma Pada, the Bhagavath Gita, the Quran and the Bible. The UN Resident Representative added that the progress made so far needs to be recognized – whether it is in terms of the progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, or in the accomplishments of the people displaced as they return and rebuild their lives with the support of the Government, the UN system and international organizations, civil society and the private sector.