GL accuses int. comm. & Pillay of making reconciliation harder

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External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris during his meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navaneetham Pillay said that the highly prejudiced actions taken by sections of the international community and the Office of the High Commissioner to give disproportionate attention to Sri Lanka had only made the separatist diaspora Tamil elements and their proxies in the north more intransigent, making the intensely difficult task of reconciliation in Sri Lanka even harder. 
 
He said the High Commissioner was well aware of the important political decisions the Government of Sri Lanka had taken in the restoration of normalcy to those affected following the conflict, channeling the necessary resources to develop the previously conflict affected areas and to enable the holding of the Northern Provincial Council elections on September 20, 2013,, which four previous presidents over 26 years had not had the courage to do.  
 
Minister Peiris made this observation when as leader of the Sri Lanka delegation for the 25th HRC, he, as is customary, met the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay on Thursday March 6, at the Palaise de Nations in Geneva.
 
Minister Peiris drew the High Commissioner’s attention to the objections he had made to the report submitted by her to the current Human Rights Council sessions where he had detailed the lack of objectivity and bias evidenced in her report which also called for the setting up of an international inquiry mechanism on Sri Lanka. He said the report was both one sided and politicized. He said it was particularly unfortunate that the High Commissioner should have done so after having the benefit of an extended visit to Sri Lanka where she was given unimpeded access. Noting that the High Commissioner had undertaken her visit almost 2 ½ years after the original invitation was extended by the Government of Sri Lanka, the minister said that he felt that some of the High Commissioner’s comments while in Sri Lanka and her final report represented a lost opportunity to contribute positively to Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process.  (KB)

 
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  • teda Friday, 07 March 2014 07:42 AM

    not a smile on GL face how sad he is via DM Android App

    keith Friday, 07 March 2014 08:26 AM

    gl as usual is blaming everybody else other than himself.this foreign policy debacle could have avoided if he had been a bit more savvy.his main interest seems to be running to Hambantota to form saka samithis with Namal. his main strategy is to get the pmship by doing anything for the rajapaksa .. via DM Android App

    marcus fernando Friday, 07 March 2014 04:09 PM

    I think GL has spoiled the soup by his undiplomatic narration at Geneva. HE should not have appointed him has the leader of the team. His speech did not even receive the usual round of appoulse

    Kamal Raj Friday, 07 March 2014 04:27 PM

    We tamils want freedom to talk , not to fight . GL is only on a Swiss holiday . We need not comment on his face . Let's bring rule of law in Sri Lanka . At present there is no police and judiciary we can trust in SL. CJ himself is a political clown . IG is no better .

    jim pappa Friday, 07 March 2014 04:21 PM

    Professor, say cheese.

    dharmapala Saturday, 08 March 2014 01:11 AM

    mr G.L Peries . to cover the srilanka human rights but it not sucess. ms V.pillian visited srilanka in august she got the first hand information,


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