Two days ahead of the 19th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) here in Geneva, Human Rights Commissioner Navaneetham Pillay raised the issue that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) had not dealt with the accountability issues raised in the UN panel report dubbed by the government as the Darusman report.
A top government delegation led by External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris met with Ms. Pillay in Geneva yesterday.
Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva who participated in the meeting told journalists that the government delegation promptly responded to her remarks in this respect.
“We corrected her immediately. We have dealt with accountability issues,” he said. He added that it is the people of Sri Lanka and not external forces that should approve any reconciliation process.
“We made that point during the discussion. Whatever it is, the people of Sri Lanka should approve it. We categorically told her that the people of Sri Lanka watched how Osama Bin Laden was killed. Yet, nobody raised any human rights issue with regard to Bin Laden’s murder,” he said.
At that point, Ms. Pillay had said that she issued a statement on that issue. She had also told the Sri Lankan delegation that she had no say in the resolution to be moved by the United States against Sri Lanka during the sessions.
Meanwhile, Prof. Peiris said that he challenged the credibility of the Darusman report. He told journalists that the report is based on evidence gathered from anonymous sources. The panel has given immunity for these sources to remain anonymous for 20 years.
“I asked Ms. Pillay who is also a former judge how anyone can trust the findings of such a panel. She said that the panel was not allowed to do investigations. Then I asked again how the report prepared without investigations could be accepted,” he said. (Kelum Bandara reporting from Geneva)
in the last paragraph , it is just arguing !, no one win ,... this is what GL doing for loong time!
anju Sunday, 26 February 2012 12:42 AM
It looks like a lot of the LTTE supporters read the Times paper online!!!
ind Monday, 27 February 2012 05:26 AM
Yes there's a time difference in Europe and Sri Lanka. When you are typing comments we are sleeping. And when we are typing you all sleeping !!!
citizen1 Sunday, 26 February 2012 02:46 AM
Face up to your responsibilities instead of pointing the finger at others. The Bin Ladin issue was resolved without thousands upon thousands dying and infact still suffering.
ind Monday, 27 February 2012 05:28 AM
Not committed only, STILL COMMITTING !! UN is blind at that time.
union Saturday, 25 February 2012 03:28 AM
You guys were caling Ms. Pillay as LTTE proxy in Sri Lanka. Go and make the same statement in UN. You guys are fooling the gullible people of this country and making a happy life out of it.
reader Monday, 27 February 2012 05:31 AM
dear union dont give too much into foreigners, drop that bad habit
adi vasi Monday, 27 February 2012 05:33 AM
government meet all but not the rising cost of living
Dharitha Sunday, 26 February 2012 06:15 AM
Now its openly realizing how foolishly the government respond to Darusman panel. We would have welcome them hear and given fullest support to carry out investigations. If we done so the report wouldnt have this much serious. Our foolish politicians objected the Panal without considering their credibility to the world.
shan Sunday, 26 February 2012 06:19 AM
Without Shavendra Silava?????????
Chandra Monday, 27 February 2012 05:42 AM
Mahinda has sent his slaves and subordinates to cover up for the murders committed by him , Gotabaya and his brothers. It worn work this time. Truth will prevail.
China Pataus Sunday, 26 February 2012 08:42 AM
A dream. Yes. Asia including Japan has been coping the west in technology. Still the core technology comes from the west. Asia is only a manufacturing hub due to cheap labour. The reason been that the door are open for the smart ones. It is very difficult to see Asia surpassing the US in technology during the life of plant earth.
ind Monday, 27 February 2012 06:19 AM
That's why these cheap attempts don't work at any time. Truth prevails. $$ can't do everything.
silva Saturday, 25 February 2012 09:33 AM
you did not allow UN panel to come and investigate it your Govt refused independent investigation.Mr peris you cannot be thief apolice and judge.
koko-jumbo Saturday, 25 February 2012 09:37 AM
MR's govt. is not ready to accept their mistakes in public. Thus, MR is sending his servants to beg for apology on behalf of his atrocities,
Human Sunday, 26 February 2012 04:31 PM
Yeah. Or else Ranil is getting his men to work over night to vote.
Sumedha Saturday, 25 February 2012 11:49 AM
We have to tolerate all this nonsense only for the next 25 years. By that time Asian economies will dwarf western ones and we can start buying THEIR politicians. Let's keep it together for another 20 years. Re-gaining power in the world stage after just 80 years of independence is nothing to be scoffed at.
mohan Monday, 27 February 2012 12:38 AM
no it's mean lot of good heart Sinhalese start to understand what happen during last stage of war
Thashkeer Monday, 27 February 2012 12:56 AM
I can not but understand why on earth our gov has to waste time to this Pillay women if she has no power to do any recommendations , we all know this women disregards the values and sentiments of our countries and our cultures and she ia women who feels she is right always and rest of us are wrong just like the irrelevant organization she is working at the cost of taxpayers money. So frankly speaking she is utter waste of time to even have discussions, Pro GL Peris has better people and better things to do in Geneva , I would advise shight seeing rather than waste time with her
Kaka Monday, 27 February 2012 12:48 AM
It seems that although the war is over & reconstruction is in progress the battle with the UN will go on for many years to come. Peace is not cheap.
Thashkeer Monday, 27 February 2012 01:04 AM
Fellow Sri lankans be Sri lankans and stad together, today you guys can write all this is because we are at peace answer have no worries the next LTTE bomb will go off. , today our children can go to school and we can expect them to return home, yes sad many died in the bloody war we as Sri lankans we all have paid the price for this war in one way or another we are smart and intelegent enough to solve our problems and recognize our weaknesses so why we need the world to say and force there will on us , UN is a body that acts only in the Flavour of the powers to be today the people are not stupid to see waht is happening right infornt of our eyes and how biased the UN is human rights should be universal not intended to different countries in different ways , that in its self is a violation of human rights .
Thashkeer Monday, 27 February 2012 01:06 AM
As the saying goes I think UN and Pillay should know that when you point a finger at others 4 fingers point towards you .....LOL
perera Monday, 27 February 2012 01:38 AM
Judgement day...Coming soon!!!!!
summa Monday, 27 February 2012 02:52 AM
Are you sure no body is suffering in Afghnistan and Pakistan?
modaya Monday, 27 February 2012 03:36 AM
but isn't that the truth?
Kangaroo Monday, 27 February 2012 03:47 AM
You are blind and still sleeping ...................bro
Bimba Monday, 27 February 2012 04:18 AM
Comments and other indicate rs prove it.
lal Friday, 24 February 2012 11:51 PM
The UN and Pillai are puppets of US, France and UK club. The UN is fast becoming irrelevant as it promotes neo- colonialism on behalf of the club. How long can those thugs and murderers with their colonial past be tolerated at the UN? Not another moment.
Bimba Monday, 27 February 2012 04:19 AM
If SL done the same thing will the blame from your western lords qwill over?
ind Monday, 27 February 2012 04:27 AM
It won't take that much of time. Withing next 10 years China will be the world no one powerful country. Let's see.
Jegath Saturday, 25 February 2012 10:29 PM
Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa alleged that the Western powers are planning to prosecute the “war heroes” in the international war crimes tribunal at The Hague. We have put the Main War Hero behind bars. How can we blame the West and the LTTE??
ind Monday, 27 February 2012 04:31 AM
Why only now and only for SL ?? What about 2nd WW where innocent hundreds of thousand poeple of Japan were bombed by US. Was there any Inquiry ?? And was there any inquiry for the 60000 killed in the roads and rivers by UNP ?? Why only now ??? This is only revenge by the US for not adhering them at the last phase of the war. Simply for Finishing the War.
wonderboy Saturday, 25 February 2012 01:20 AM
Meeting the school principal at home?
ind Monday, 27 February 2012 04:45 AM
He WAS a war hero. After the war he betrayed motherland just for power !!!
ind Monday, 27 February 2012 04:47 AM
Exactly. I note this long time back. In the morning we see lot of those comments. That means they are working at night in Sri Lanka. This is day time in Europe, Canada and US.
Leslie Monday, 27 February 2012 04:48 AM
Why dont Pillay look into the crimess committed by the US in Afganistan, Iraq, Libya and the killing of osama bin laden. She is mere puppet wagging her tail to the US and Europe for her pleasure...
raj Saturday, 25 February 2012 01:47 AM
the world has changed. Sri Lanka has not changed its pattern of the past. history repeat itself. To convince world, Sri Lanka needs to face an inquiry and disproves all allegations. If not, this issue will grow further. Finally, the government will blame on itself and not others.
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