The United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-moon has congratulated President Maithripala Sirisena, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the first anniversary since the country's political transition.
In a statement issued in New York, the UN Chief said he is encouraged by the Government's commitment to a broad reform agenda that aims to realize durable peace, stability and prosperity for the Sri Lankan people.
The Secretary-General acknowledged the initial steps the Government has taken to strengthen good governance, advance reconciliation and implement the resolution of the Human Rights Council of October 2015.
He urged continued progress in these areas and emphasized the need for inclusive consultation processes to address issues of transitional justice.
The Secretary-General said he supports the Government's efforts to advance a nation-wide dialogue to achieve a long-term political settlement acceptable to all.
In this regard, he welcomed the Government's announcement to commence constitutional reform and called on all stakeholders to cooperate in a spirit of inclusion and good faith.