SL signed UNHRC resolution without my knowledge: Prez

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President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that he is not ready to do anything that is contrary to the country's constitution or harmful to its sovereignty simply because the international community or anyone else was saying so.

He said that the UNHRC Chief stated in her proposal that security forces had not released the lands to the original owners in the North and East and she wanted to appoint a commission to look into that. “Her statement was purely based on false information given by some NGOs, because of that there is no need to appoint such a commission for that purpose,” he said.

“I would like to say that we as a government are ready to accept what is correct in the UNHRC report, but at the same time we are not ready to accept what is wrong,” the President said addressing an event in Meegahatenne in Kalutara.

The President said that Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Geneva had signed to co-sponsor the resolution to consider the report on Sri Lanka again in two years without his approval and he completely rejects it.

He said that the signature had been placed without his knowledge or of the Foreign Ministry or the Foreign Ministry secretary. He said that he is opposed to this process which happened because of the wrong decision by certain sections of the country. The President said that he sees it as a betrayal of the people, the government and the tri-forces. He added that the responsibility of international relations rests with the President and not anyone lesser than that.

The President said that the delegation to Geneva had been appointed without any discussion with him and he took steps to change it afterwards. The President said that he advised the Foreign Minister subsequently on the way the presentation has to be made in Geneva in a way that is suitable to the country.

 

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  • mimslanka Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:00 PM

    Ha Ha Ha! No Soul, No Body, No Cry. Ha Ha Ha!!!

    Roshanaly Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:07 PM

    That means, we don't need a President, who is just a puppet

    mimslanka Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:12 PM

    The most incompetent Presidency we ever had. Passing the buck is not leadership. Leaderships are made to make precise decisions at precise moments, come what may. And then, reversal of a 'presidential decision' is akin to weakness. That's right, "WEAKNESS" is the keyword this MAN had throughout his workmanship.

    Haritha W Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:13 PM

    Does this mean that removing the sitting PM and 'giving' the post to another is NOT "contrary to the country's constitution or harmful to its sovereignty simply because the international community or anyone else was saying so"??

    Karu Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:28 PM

    What were you doing all these days

    punchinilame Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:42 PM

    Typical MY3 "Governance" - the I/C will be laughing at him. Even if there was a misunderstanding of an internal nature, taking advantage to run down his "opposition" as here is ridiculous - he is not gaining political brownies but exhibiting his calibre. Pity we own this kind of Leader.

    Thomas Ranger Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:43 PM

    Bloody high handed. It would appear to the ordinary person that the President is loosing his 'ooomp'. To empathize with the President, I would immediately recall SL Ambassador in Geneva.

    HP Thursday, 28 March 2019 02:45 PM

    Expert in violating the Constitution saying that he will not want agreements that violates the Constitution is laughable

    Ram Thursday, 28 March 2019 02:47 PM

    Mr President you sent your representative Amunugama. If he failed to brief you what's going to be signed sack him

    Citizen Thursday, 28 March 2019 03:11 PM

    This fellow is truly going bonkers!

    Chari Thursday, 28 March 2019 03:58 PM

    The 19A has created all the confusion. If Presidential Powers were taken away...A Referendum was a must to move from Executive System to Parliamentary.

    Manu Thursday, 28 March 2019 06:42 PM

    Yes Mr. President, sack those bastards who signed or sack yourself. No baby cry.

    Shelly Friday, 29 March 2019 08:45 PM

    Now M3 , do a demonstration at Lipton Circus.


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