Ban Ki-moon urgeshealing in Sri Lanka

The Associated PressMay 23, 2009 

— U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed today to a triumphant Sri Lankan government to "heal the wounds" from three decades of civil war with Tamil minority rebels and urged greater access to camps for the more than 300,000 people driven from their homes.

A military honor guard saluted Ban upon his arrival in Sri Lanka for a 24-hour trip. He is the first major international figure to visit the country since President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared victory over the rebels earlier this week.

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