The Government yesterday reaffirmed in Parliament that it did not concur with the US-sponsored resolution adopted at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions on March 22.
Responding to a statement by Opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said therefore the Government would not hold talks with anyone on the matters contained in the resolution.
“Sri Lanka cannot acquiesce with the resolution adopted. First and foremost among the reasons for such a decision is that the resolution calls for an oral update on Sri Lanka at the 24th session in September this year, and a comprehensive report at the 25th session in 2014. It means Sri Lanka will figure on the UN agenda every six months. When we survey the global situation, Sri Lanka is not a country with a troubling situation in the world. The proportionality of this resolution cannot be accepted as a result,” he said.
The minister said the resolution seeks to incorporate both the report of the panel of experts, dubbed by Sri Lanka as the Dharusman report and the report by United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay.
“Soon after the war ended in 2009, the High Commissioner called for an international investigation. In her report, she reaffirmed her position. We reject it,” he said and described the resolution as a catalyst for dissension and violence which has now spilled over to spheres such as cricket and cinema.(Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)
Catholic church Wednesday, 10 April 2013 02:46
You are they to challenge our sovereignity!! Good move. Trying to create false consciousness and dominate us.
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MayIwin Silva Wednesday, 10 April 2013 02:53
Whatever is said and done, most of countries still lick the shoe of USA. Therefore, we may have to comply.
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Castro Wednesday, 10 April 2013 03:12
This is the correct method, if you show fear to the US they'll screw you.
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Abdul Wednesday, 10 April 2013 03:21
yeah we cant comply with someone coming with an agenda.
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ss Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:39
Defying the entire world is not a good idea !
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kumar Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:51
You will deny and won't comply anything until the implementation of strong sanction.
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Ravana Wednesday, 10 April 2013 10:20
what you are talking man ,,,, any kind of sanction has to be approved by UN Sequrity concil. Russia and China with veto .. you must be kidding..
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Gamini Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:03
Sanctions? pooh. You will never have eelam in SriLanka.Try Tamilnadu.
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Ram Wednesday, 10 April 2013 07:52
Rest of the world is not dumb like the sri lankans
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Nodrog Wednesday, 10 April 2013 10:54
Ram, don't judge all lankans according to your standards.
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godofwar Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:12
you are walking on very thin ice professor
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John Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:31
Yes you have been for far too long to the peril of SL.....?
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Mara Yaka Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:24
The President is currently whinning over the Sanctions passed on Iran, lets imagine for a moment one passed on us directly!
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Pee wee Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:58
Of Course Sri Lanka does not have a troubling situation. GL and the Ministers are quite happy with the situation here
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Araliya Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:32
President MR is a exemplary leader with an extraordinary leadership qualities. He will never bow down to any foreign or local powers whether it is US or US led NGO’S , to manoeuvre terms to her own people and Sri Lanka. In his own accord he delivered dignified human rights to all Sri Lankans by crushing the so called ruthless terrorists.
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satish Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:51
All big Talk till the sanctions come and then we become another Cyprus.
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Packian Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:13
Tamils merely want a free and fair election and to be allowed to manage their affairs through their elected representatives and live as equals to all.
Is this too much to ask for?
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Thomas Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:12
You always challenge International community & the beg for dollar aid
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Goni Billa Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:49
These so called resolutions are always politically motivated, we need not heed them. This is the surreptitious work of the diaspora to discredit sri lanka. Well done GLP.
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