Muslim community urged to work closely with the UN office

burka-womenThe United Nations (UN) says it is aware of the plight of the Sri Lankan Muslim community and it urged the Muslim community to work closely with the UN office in Sri Lanka to address any concerns.

“I encourage you and the Muslim community at large to work in close collaboration with the (UN) Resident Coordinator to turn this complex agenda into tangible results,” UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca said.

Jenca, a former top diplomat and a Representative of Slovakia to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union, said this in a letter to the Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress and Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen in response to a letter Minister Bathiudeen had sent.

Jenca is responsible for overseeing the divisions in the Department of Political Affairs dealing with the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East and West Asia, as well as the Decolonization Unit and the Division for Palestinian Rights.

“The Secretary General is very much aware of the plight of the Muslim Community, in particular those who have been directly or indirectly affected by the conflict. During his recent visit to Sri Lanka, he welcomed the opportunity to meet with government officials, Members of Parliament, religious leaders as well as civil society and youth to take stock of an inclusive process, including on transitional justice and constitutional reform, to achieve reconciliation and sustainable peace for all Sri Lankans,” Jenca added.

In Sri Lanka, the Secretary General also endorsed Sri Lanka’s Peacebuilding Priority Plan which provides a framework to make progress in the areas of transitional justice and accountability, reconciliation, good governance, resettlement and durable solutions.

“The plan will be implemented over the next years, during which the UN will continue to consult with all stakeholders to ensure it addresses critical peacebuilding needs. I encourage you and the Muslim community at large to work in close collaboration with the Resident Coordinator to turn this complex agenda into tangible results,” Jenca said.

Jenca was also the Ambassador and Representative of Slovakia to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Ambassador of Slovakia to Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia, including positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia and diplomatic missions in Ireland and Mexico. (Colombo Gazette)

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