un   UN spokesman for the Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric answering a journalist at yesterdays (12 May) daily press briefing said the United Nations  will look into reports that the Government has banned public events being held in the North to commemorate those killed during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka.

Question:  Sure, I want to ask you on Sri Lanka their… the coming Sunday is viewed as the fifth anniversary as the end of the conflict and the Government has… is going to celebrate its victory in capital, but they’ve basically outlawed any memorial of those killed in the Northern Province.  And since this is seen as kind of a reconciliation issue and I know that, in fact, the Human Rights Council has called for an inquiry of the killing of those people in the Northern Province, does the UN have any comment on the banning of commemoration of several tens of thousands of people killed?

Spokesman:  I haven’t seen the reports of that banning; we’ll look into it. If I have something to add, I will.  Thank you very much.  And I will look into the Wi-Fi technical issues.

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