Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, who will spearhead the Sri Lankan delegation to Geneva this time, to lobby against another planned resolution on Sri Lanka by the United States, during the March session of the UNHRC, had more than 90 meetings with the Geneva-based Permanent Representatives of member states last week.
Mr. Weeratunga is also in charge of the National Plan of Action for the Implementation of Recommendations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee. Previously, Plantation Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe headed the Sri Lankan delegations.
Ahead of the UNHRC session, Mr. Weeratunga, accompanied by Monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry Sajin de Vaas Gunawardane, had more than 90 meetings with the Geneva-based Permanent Representatives of member states last week.
The planned resolution and the steps taken by the government to implement recommendations of the previous resolutions were the focal point of discussion at such meetings.
After that, the duo proceeded to Washington for engagement with the officials of the US State Department. It is learnt that the government considers it all the more important to remain engaged with the US on this matter.
Already, the External Affairs Ministry has set up a separate division at the Ministry to work on human rights issues. Mr. Gunawardane and Mr. Weeratunga have been assigned to oversee its activities ahead of the UNHRC session.(Kelum Bandara)
Comments - 24
Perumal Tuesday, 28 January 2014 04:51 AM
90 meetings with the same party?
bandula Tuesday, 28 January 2014 05:03 AM
then why waste time holding 90 meetings
Duminda N Jayatileke Monday, 27 January 2014 04:14 AM
May not prevent the govt and army of SL from appearing before the Hague.
Ben Hurling Monday, 27 January 2014 12:00 AM
What a wate of time & money? Is that infamous monitoring MP Sri Lanka's new foriegn policy expert? via DM Android App
dharmapala Monday, 27 January 2014 04:29 AM
srilanka can hold 100 or more meeting with Geneva, they have infromation regarding srilanka war crmies in civilians.india supported , but today in U turn.
genny Monday, 27 January 2014 08:28 AM
The LLRC is the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, not Committee.
Labby Monday, 27 January 2014 04:38 AM
the height of Damage Control !
RohanR Monday, 27 January 2014 08:49 AM
Somebody is going to make a lot of money here! Poor Appuhamy, Kandaiah and Mohammed.
Desapriya Monday, 27 January 2014 08:49 AM
One of the Helping Hambantota rouge and a black money swindler is to lead SL foreign policy. What happened to the foolish professor. Is he retired? all donkeys ruining our country.
ravi kumar Monday, 27 January 2014 08:53 AM
least 9 genuine meetings with Tamil reps , to solve the problem? so know pain is somewhere and the treatment is some where
Nawaz Dawood Monday, 27 January 2014 09:21 AM
For sure when people like you exist. You cannot remember the days we had to run for life and the bombs. Be grateful man at least once before you die.
Badu Banis Monday, 27 January 2014 04:51 AM
jal thara will not work out this time. It will work only with our king and not in Geneva
nimal Monday, 27 January 2014 10:22 AM
All Sri Lankans should support for getting rid of evil Prabakaran. Other wise The maniac Prabaravan would have been more people.It is sad see so many traitors in Sri Lanka for political gain.
Jayasingha Monday, 27 January 2014 02:36 PM
These western countries will never be satisfied even if the LLRC plus something is implemented.
kukkunpottu Monday, 27 January 2014 05:10 AM
Recently we have observed that Sri Lankans have a habit of getting out in nineties
Nims Monday, 27 January 2014 11:01 AM
Sure my friend, think of the history. What a disgraceful race we are. I hate even to read some comments made by our so called Sinhalese
Concerned citizen Monday, 27 January 2014 05:55 AM
We hope and pray that these meetings be successful and the nation will be saved of embarrassment in next March.
drama Monday, 27 January 2014 02:35 AM
Don't keep setting up more committees. Just finish LLRC as promised to everyone.
Ravi Monday, 27 January 2014 05:34 PM
Government will go to the ends of the earth and spend untold millions to avoid an independent enquiry .......... I WONDER WHY ? I suppose its because they are upstanding holders of democratic freedoms and human rights and are innocent of all charges.All the journalists that have dissapeared or fled the country were probably liars.
idroos Monday, 27 January 2014 07:02 AM
Only truth and justice would prevail and falsehood and hypocrisy would vanish .
Suq Madique Monday, 27 January 2014 12:04 PM
Sorry to burst your bubble duminda but the Hague does not act on lies and mere allegations.
Raja Monday, 27 January 2014 12:05 PM
Gratitude is understood only by civilised people. Today most journalists and NGOs worship money and the terrorists have it in abundance, though ill-gotten.
Suq Madique Monday, 27 January 2014 12:05 PM
So what if he is?
Sri Monday, 27 January 2014 05:52 PM
He deserves a Nobel prize for holding 90 meetings with UNHCR Reps. How will it help against the known background?
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