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Office of President Clarifies Shekito’s Rather Misleading Statement on Ban Ki Moon
Jun 22, 2010, 17:12
Office Of The President
21st June, 2010
Government Of Sierra Leone
The Office of the President refers to the press report issued by its Press Secretariat dated 15th June 2010 and would like to clarify that the Secretary-General of the United Nations did not make any pronouncement in favour of the Government’s intention to institute an Inquest into the 1992 execution of the former Inspector-General of Police and 28 others. At no time during his visit did the Secretary-General make any specific comments on this Inquest or on any other event that included one or the other of Sierra Leone’s many past atrocities and brutalities. The Secretary-General expressed the opinion that any such matter should be a decision of the Government of Sierra Leone and should be addressed in accordance with the recommendations of Sierra Leone’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and in a spirit of national reconciliation and peace building. He also emphasized that if there was no justice, peace can only be temporary.
During his visit, the Secretary-General took the opportunity to congratulate the Government and the people of Sierra Leone for the tangible and exemplary progress they have made over the last eight years on their way towards peace, stability and economic progress. He attributed this achievement to the exceptional resilience of Sierra Leoneans, the wisdom of their political leaders and the support of the international community. However, the Secretary-General also underlined that the peace process in Sierra Leone is not yet irreversible and call on the Government, political parties, Sierra Leone’s vibrant civil society, its private sector leaders, its religious and traditional leaders and on its diverse media to work together to overcome the country’s remaining challenges and problems.
The Secretary-General’s visit to Sierra Leone from 14 to 15 June 2010 was a unique and memorable event and it has further strengthened the existing cordial relations with the United Nations and its agencies.
21st June, 2010
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