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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon voiced dismay at continuing disruptions at the UN office in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo. He describes the current situation as "unacceptable."
The Secretary-General also decided to close the UN Development Program (UNDP) Regional Center in Colombo. Roughly 200 people work at the office. Protests in front of the building began Tuesday and escalated Thursday with Engineering Services Minister, Wimal Weerawansa commencing a hunger strike.
The cabinet minister organized the protests and is demanding the UN halt its investigation into alleged human rights abuses during the country's civil war. The Sri Lankan government is seeking a rapid end to the crisis. The country's Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris claims the government will allow peaceful protest.