By Jamila Najmuddin
UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this evening and discussed issues related to the IDPs, a political settlement as well as human rights concerns, External Affairs Ministry sources told Daily Mirror online.
During the discussion the UN official, who visited Mullaitivu today and met families resettled in their homes after being at IDP camps in Vavuniya, had expressed satisfaction with the resettlement process undertaken by the government.
President Rajapaksa and the visiting UN official also discussed the implementation of the joint statement by President Rajapaksa and UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon last May where they agreed that addressing the aspirations and grievances of all communities and working towards a lasting political solution was fundamental to ensuring long-term socio-economic development.
“The two sides discussed IDPs, resettlement, Human rights and the joint statement issued last May after the UN Secretary General’s visit to the island,” External Affairs Ministry sources said adding that Pascoe will meet other political representatives including those from minority parties before departing for New York. He was scheduled to meet later in the evening with Ranil Wickremasinghe, Leader of the Opposition and Tian Alles, MP, Democratic National Alliance.
In the joint statement last year following the end of the war Sri Lanka reiterated its strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations. The Secretary-General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. (Daily Mirror online)