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UN Secretary General urges all parties to exercise restraint in Sri Lanka

The UN Secretary General urged all parties to exercise restraint and ensure the safety and security of all Sri Lankans, as the island remained in political turmoil following the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister by the president. 

"The Secretary-General is following the latest developments in Sri Lanka with great concern. He calls on the 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," his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric said. 
 
"The Secretary-General urges all parties to exercise restraint and address the unfolding situation in a peaceful manner," the spokesperson added.