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Sri Lanka crisis: United Nations calls for dialogue to ensure smooth government transition

Sri Lanka news: On July 11, the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq said that the UN Secretary was closely following the developments in Sri Lanka, and stands in solidarity with the country.

Sheenu Sharma Edited By: Sheenu Sharma New York Published on: July 12, 2022 9:57 IST
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Image Source : AP. Protesters gather inside the premises of Sri Lankan presidents official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 9, 2022.

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  • United Nations Secy-General Antonio Guterres on July 12 called for dialogue amid Sri Lanka crisis
  • I stand in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka, said Antonio Guterres
  • Sri Lanka is suffering its worst economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948

Sri Lanka crisis news updates: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday (July 12) called for dialogue to ensure a smooth transition of government in Sri Lanka and find sustainable solutions to the economic crisis.

"I stand in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka & call for dialogue to ensure a smooth transition of government & to find sustainable solutions to the economic crisis," Guterres tweeted.

"I condemn all acts of violence and call for those responsible to be held accountable," he added.

On Monday (July 11), the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq said that the UN Secretary was closely following the developments in Sri Lanka, and stands in solidarity with the country.

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Notably, Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday (July 9) agreed to step down from his post. He said that he will step down from the presidency on July 13 amid economic and political instability. On Monday, Sri Lanka's speaker of parliament said political party leaders have decided to elect a new president on July 20 through a vote in parliament.

In a statement, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that following a meeting with all political party leaders, it was decided to convene parliament sessions on July 15 and inform the parliament that there was a vacancy for the presidency.

Nominations for the presidency will be called for on July 19 and a vote will be taken on July 20 to elect a new president, the speaker said. Party leaders also decided to form an all-party government under the new president and take steps to continue the supply of essential services.

This comes after protests by thousands rocked Colombo on Saturday as crowds tore through the barricades surrounding Rajapaksa's residence and climbed over the fence and took control of the area.

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Image Source : AP. Protesters stand on a vandalised police water canon truck and shout slogans at the entrance to president's official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 9, 2022.

Dramatic visuals from outside Rajapakse's residence showed a sea of demonstrators storming into the compound, tearing down security cordons placed by police, taking a dip in the swimming pool and romping through his kitchen and home. Hours after the protestors stormed his official residence, Rajapaksa agreed to step down from his post.

Sri Lanka is suffering its worst economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948, which comes on the heels of successive waves of COVID-19, threatening to undo years of development progress and severely undermining the country's ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

(With ANI inputs)

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