Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has briefed UN Human Rights Council (HRC) President Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger on the decision of the Sri Lankan Government to withdraw its co-sponsorship of UN Resolution on the country, the Foreign Relations Ministry said. The government decided to withdraw from the Resolution 40/1 of March 2019 on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’, which also incorporates and builds on preceding Resolutions 30/1 of October 2015 and 34/1 of March 2017. The Foreign Secretary, who is in Geneva ahead of the 43rd Session of the HRC scheduled to commence next Monday, informed the President that the Cabinet had approved this decision following a cabinet paper submitted by Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. The decision had also been presented to the Parliament on Thursday. He also informed her that Minister Gunawardena will lead the Sri Lanka delegation to the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council, and will formally inform the Council Members on the Government’s decision when he addresses the High Level Segment of the Council, on Wednesday. Minister Gunawardena who will also respond to the Oral Update on Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner on 27 February, is scheduled to meet the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. She was also informed by the Foreign Secretary that on the eve of the decision being taken by the Cabinet, the Ambassadors of the ‘core group’ that had moved the resolution, who were resident in Colombo ( the UK, Germany and Canada), had also been briefed by Minister Gunawardena. Ambassador Tichy-Fisslberger has appreciated Sri Lanka’s initiative to keep her briefed on the matter.
Sarath Saturday, 22 February 2020 08:28 PM
Stupid fellows. If we withdraw from the resolution which said we can handle allegations within the domestic legal system... it means we are inviting diaspora and international community to move for international investigation or sanctions!?
S.P. Ramkumar Saturday, 22 February 2020 08:54 PM
Will resolution be null and void.
Dr Mano, New York Saturday, 22 February 2020 09:26 PM
Since being elected to office both the President and the Prime Minister had given India so much importance, and had visited the country few times. So why can’t India help us in this predicament, otherwise we better open to the Americans and allow them full military facilities.
ram Saturday, 22 February 2020 09:35 PM
Mr.Sampanthan and Mr.Sumanthiran should be held responsible by Tamils for this situation. According to one media, Mr.Sampanthan wrote letter to UN that Tamils does not international inquiry.
dickie bird Saturday, 22 February 2020 10:57 PM
Co-Sponsoring illegal as there were no Cabibet or Parliamentary approval nor the President has approved it.
Warren Raed Saturday, 22 February 2020 11:04 PM
Yeah! Then we can commit more atrocities towards our citizens and get away easily like in the past.
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