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JULY 8, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 93


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UN chief shuts Sri Lanka office, recalls official
AP, July 8. UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon closed the main U.N. office in Sri Lanka and recalled a top official Thursday in a deepening standoff over the U.N.'s refusal to stop investigating alleged abuses in the country's civil war.

The U.N. chief decided to close the U.N. Development Program's regional center in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and recall Neil Buhne, the U.N.'s resident coordinator for Sri Lanka, for private consultations at headquarters in New York, the U.N. said Thursday.

The UNDP's regional center houses the other U.N. agencies that operate in Sri Lanka and also coordinate U.N. development programs in 37 nations in Asia and the Pacific region. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 8 15:21:33 EDT 2010

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