Antonio Guterres On Sri Lanka Turmoil: “Important To Address Protesters’ Conflict and Grievance”

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday said that it is important to address the conflict and grievances of protestors.

Mumbai: In the midst of the Sri Lankan crisis, on Thursday the UN Chief Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that it is important to address the dispute and grievance of the protestors. Urging all party leaders to “embrace the spirit of compromise for a peaceful and democratic transition”.

“I continue to follow the situation in Sri Lanka very closely. It is important that the root causes of the conflict and protesters’ grievances are addressed. I urge all party leaders to embrace the spirit of compromise for a peaceful and democratic transition,” he tweeted.

Over the past two weeks, the political turmoil in Sri Lanka has worsened the crisis. Rajapaksa announced news of his resignation after his presidential palace was breached by demonstrators. On Wednesday Rajapaksa fled to Maldives ,the same day PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s house was set ablaze by the angry demonstrators as he became the acting president till the polls.Meanwhile, Wickremesinghe imposed an island-wide curfew until Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, according to speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, the president had repeatedly assured the speaker of parliament that he would step down on Wednesday, but his resignation letter had not arrived as of early Thursday.

Sri Lanka which has over $50 billion in debt – is now set to get a new president on July 20.The country is facing a severe shortage of fuel and other essential supplies and is in the throes of its worst-ever economic crisis with soaring inflation.

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