UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that he was impressed by the peaceful resolution of the recent 52 day political crisis in Sri Lanka.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support the people of Sri Lanka including in the reconciliation and sustainable development agenda.
Mr. Guterres expressed these views when Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera called on him in New York yesterday.
Minister Samaraweera is in New York to represent Sri Lanka at the Financing for Development Forum of the UN Economic and Social Council.
At the meeting, the Secretary-General recalled his visits to Sri Lanka in the past including his first visit in 1978.
Issuing a statement on October 29 last year on the political crisis instigated by President Maithripala Sirisena at that time he has expressed concern over the deepening political crisis at that time in Sri Lanka and called for restraint from all parties in the island country.
Mr.Guterres called on the Sri Lankan government to respect democratic values and constitutional provisions and process, uphold the rule of law and ensure the safety and security of all Sri Lankans, said the October 29 statement.