As regard to the UNHRC resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the US and Sri Lanka and adopted in early October 2015, Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana said Sri Lanka has made considerable progress on complying with the requirements expected of Sri Lanka.
Further more, the resolution overlapped undertakings in the EU for Sri Lanka to obtain GSP+ facilities and the lifting of the export of fish ban, Minister Marapana told Daily Mirror yesterday.
“The establishment of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), passing of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance Act, tabling of Reparations Bill and the Counter Terrorism Bill are the steps taken in the right direction by Sri Lanka to fulfil her obligations.
“We have had regular consultations with other co-sponsors, EU, UK and Canada and those who voted for the resolution at the UNHRC who have expressed their appreciation on the progress that has been made by Sri Lanka. Further, anyone could see himself how this government has restored democracy, rule of law, the independence of judiciary and media. Today, no one has the feeling of insecurity, abduction or disappearance. The government has also constituted the Constitution Council and through it established independent commissions. No suppression of media and harassment on media personnel, critical on the government,” Minister Marapana emphasized.
Many diplomats met him had acknowledged the vast difference witnessed in Sri Lanka with the advent of the unity government, he said.
They have commended Sri Lanka for the progress that had been made and noted that other countries could emulate Sri Lanka to achieve similar results.
“What is significant is that Sri Lanka has achieved this progress without sacrificing its core policies or individuals,” Minister Marapana stressed.
As regards to myths of alleged international pressure, Minister Marapana said there was no pressure as such.
“We have taken upon ourselves the reforms which are beneficial to our people. In this regard, the government is well aware of where we should draw the line. We are confident that the International Community will defend us to the hilt at the March 2019 sessions of the UNHRC and therefore no one must unnecessarily worry about it,” Minister Marapana stressed. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:21
9 years after the war the war criminals are still running around freely in the country and victims are still not compensated. This is not acceptable for a democratic constitutional state.
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stardust Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:33
you say it but the reality about reconciliation is different via DM Android App
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Sach Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:49
Why should anyone defend us......you as FM should defend us.
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BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:46
It is not easy to defend lies, criminality
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Harini Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:56
So says the government about itself. These guys are living in utter denial of reality. Only the government believes this pack of lies - people living in don't, the UN doesn't, the international community doesn't and even the previous regime and the ones who fought both sides in the war don't. Who is this damage-control PR directed at?
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gamarala Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:05
The past has to be faced - but, what about the present?There is a climate of fear in Tamil areas - assaults, rape, insecurity, loss of lands and livelihoods, threats of violence if complaints are made, disappearances, and arrests on false charges - a terror regime by armed forces backed by robed persons.
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Jaliya Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:12
Making considerable progress in your view and what has been accomplished in terms of real progress are vastly in an opposite ends of a spectrum.
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