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Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardane said he started engagements with the foreign envoys in Colombo as part of lobbying their support for Sri Lanka at the session of the UNHRC while briefing them about the Government’s position.

Minister Gunawardane told Daily Mirror Sri Lanka would lobby for the support of like-minded countries ahead of the UNHRC session scheduled for between February 22 and March 18, this year.

He said he met with U.S. ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz on Tuesday.

“I briefed her about Sri Lanka’s position,” he said.

The core group of countries – the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Montenegro and Macedonia - has already sought to submit a consensual resolution calling for a probe into wartime allegations of human rights and accountability issues.

However, Sri Lanka is yet to see the draft of the resolution to come out with its decision on the request for a consensual resolution.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to submit her report on the progress of implementation of the resolution 30/1 adopted in 2015 and two subsequent roll-over resolutions. Sri Lanka co-sponsored the resolution under the previous Yahapalana government. However, the present Government withdrew from co-sponsorship in March, last year and pledged to deal with the issues outlined through a domestic mechanism.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 8

  • German Thursday, 04 February 2021 02:09 AM

    Oké, deal with the issues through a domestic mechanism, but also don't accept financial help from the UN at the same time.

    vithura Thursday, 04 February 2021 03:01 AM

    How about engaging with virtuous China, Russia, North Korea and Iran!

    German Thursday, 04 February 2021 04:14 AM

    In democratic countries mandatory cremations and mandatory quarantaine centers will never be accepted by the citizens. Even when a MP in Europe only comes up with these idiot suggestions, hell will break loose and his/ her carreer will be over.

    German Thursday, 04 February 2021 04:17 AM

    Mandatory cremations and mandatory quarantaine centers are simply not possible in democratic countries. European citizens will never accept these dictatorial and idiot rules from their governments

    Rex Thursday, 04 February 2021 05:34 AM


    Mohamed Ifaz Inamdeen Thursday, 04 February 2021 06:05 AM

    Forced cremation is a crime against humanity. It's a folklore, superstition

    dickie bird Thursday, 04 February 2021 03:34 PM

    For the better or for the worse, send Arul Siddhartha to Geneva as a part of the SL delegation to speak his mind.

    dickie bird Thursday, 04 February 2021 03:38 PM

    It may be a folklore Mohamed Ifaz Inmamdeen. SL will not take chances with the Country's water table as it is close to the surface. Hence, COVID deaths will be cremated until suchtime.

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