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UN accepts failures in Sri Lanka deaths: Ban

Published on Nov 15, 2012 6:28 AM
This handout photo received from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence on May 18, 2009 is said to be of troops wakling amongst debris inside the war zone on May 17, when they helped evacuate the last of the tamil civilians from the area around the city of Mullaittivu. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - A damning report on UN failures at the end of Sri Lanka's civil war, when thousands of civilians lost their lives, will have "profound implications" for the global body, UN leader Ban Ki Moon said on Wednesday.

"The report concludes that the United Nations system failed to meet its responsibilities," Mr Ban said as the report was released.

"This finding has profound implications for our work across the world, and I am determined that the United Nations draws the appropriate lessons and does its utmost to earn the confidence of the world's people, especially those caught in conflict who look to the organisation for help," Mr Ban said.

The review, by a team led by UN Assistant Secretary General Charles Petrie, criticised the UN secretariat, UN Security Council and staff in Sri Lanka. The UN and its major members failed to act on warnings of the widespread deaths.

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