The Government today rejected reports that External Affairs Ministry Secretary Romesh Jayasinghe and Attorney General Mohan Peiris were in New York to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera told the Daily Mirror that the External Affairs Ministry Secretary was overseas on a private visit and that, to his knowledge, there was no meeting scheduled between the Attorney General and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The Minister further rejected claims that the government had hindered the UN Secretary Generals’ Expert Panel from contacting the local Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
“We are in constant contact with the UN Secretary General’s office and they have not requested to meet with the LLRC. If they so wish they can contact them through us or even directly”, he said.
A representative of the LLRC told the Daily Mirror that any contact between the panel and the LLRC would generally have to be through the External Affairs Ministry. “The Commission has not been contacted, normally however it is understood that any contact would have to be made through the External Affairs Ministry; the Secretary Generals office or the UN office in Colombo would have to contact them- but no such contact has been made,” the representative said.
Reports claimed today that besides disallowing the UN Panel to visit Sri Lanka the government had rejected the Secretary Generals offers for those from the Panel to contact members of the LLRC through video conferencing or written questions. (Dianne Silva)
Comments - 6
zorro Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:00 PM
possibly yes? didn't we try to avoid any contacts in the past?
musthafa Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:30 PM
May be Moon request to vote for second term ????????
Wimal_Modawansa Thursday, 24 February 2011 04:34 AM
Whould have met without any ones knowledge.
Dinesh Thursday, 24 February 2011 05:30 AM
All of you read the lastest news !!!!
Sri Thursday, 24 February 2011 06:59 PM
Between those from Paradise and Moon there is not much choice. Birds of the very same feather.
cracko Wednesday, 23 February 2011 04:40 PM
Sri Lanka Amazing! We never committed any war crimes. Yet we refuse to be investigated.
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