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U.N. chief backs relief official

NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday said comments by a Sri Lankan official calling his humanitarian coordinator a “terrorist” were “unacceptable and unwarranted,” a U.N. spokeswoman said.

John Holmes, the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said last week in Colombo that Sri Lanka was among the most dangerous places in the world for humanitarian workers.

He specifically referred to 17 workers from Action Against Hunger killed execution style in eastern Sri Lanka a year ago.

Several government officials angrily rejected Mr. Holmes’ statement and demanded a retraction.

From wire dispatches and staff reports