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UN chief opens talks with Sri Lanka on reconciliation

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ban-ki-moonCOLOMBO: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Wednesday as he kicked off a visit focusing on reconciliation efforts seven years after Sri Lanka ended its bloody civil war.

Officials said the men held closed-door talks shortly after Ban arrived in Colombo on the second leg of a five-stop Asia tour which has already taken him to Myanmar and Singapore.

“They will focus on peace, reconciliation and reconstruction,” a Sri Lankan diplomat said without giving details.

Local officials said Ban was due to meet with President Maithripala Sirisena and travel to the Sinhalese-majority south and the minority Tamil heartland of Jaffna in the former war zone before leaving on Friday evening.


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