UN Will Not Observe Sri Lankan Election

Jan. 7, 2010, midnight

The United Nations does not have enough time to authorize or organize an election observation mission to Sri Lanka for the January 26 Presidential election, according to a statement this week by Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon's spokesman. The election, which comes two years ahead of schedule, follows last autumn’s end to 26 years of civil war between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger separatist organization.

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