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Claiming that Sri Lanka has made progress in promoting human rights and towards national reconciliation, China called on the international community to desist from taking measures that 'may complicate the issue'.

In an emailed statement the Chinese Embassy in Colombo has said that China's position remains unchanged and Sri Lanka over the years has made considerable strides in promoting human rights and realizing national reconciliation.

"We believe that the Sri Lankan government and people have the wisdom and capacity to deal appropriately with their internal affairs," the statement said.
China has further called on the international community to desist from taking measures that 'may complicate the issue'.

"The international community, instead of taking measures that may complicate the issue, should create a favorable external environment for Sri Lanka to pursue stability and economic development," Zhou Yongsheng, Chief of Political Section at the Chinese Embassy has said in the email message.

Clarifying the China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's November 18 statement on Sri Lanka's human rights situation, the Embassy said the Spokesperson's recent remarks were subjected to certain distortions in sections of the media.

Following is the actual statement of the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson.

Q: At the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo, human rights violation in Sri Lanka has become a big issue. The British Prime Minister raised the deadline to next March or so for Sri Lanka to set right its human rights record; otherwise, it will be taken on by the UN Human Rights Council. What is China's comment?

A: What you have mentioned is the "domestic affairs" of the British Commonwealth. But we hold that since national conditions of countries differ and levels of economic and social development vary, countries can have differences or even disagreements on human rights protection. What is most important is that human rights conditions should be improved by the governments of countries concerned through their efforts and constructive help should also be offered by the international community. We have been upholding that on the issue of human rights, the international community should enhance mutual understanding and cooperation through dialogues and exchanges to jointly promote the international cause of human rights in a constructive way.
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  • Suq Madique Friday, 29 November 2013 01:08 AM

    Hey saskiam....did you watch 'The Last Phase'?

    saman Friday, 29 November 2013 01:13 AM

    Hey China, how you're talking!

    Chugum Thursday, 28 November 2013 03:44 PM

    Two friends "In the Buff".

    Saskia Thursday, 28 November 2013 03:44 PM

    China, can you mentions some improvements made on HR by SL government? How many missing people are returned? Where is justice for those who were captured and killed?
    Sl has already got more than 4 years to do their own investigation but, no concrete result, only part of LLRC has been implemented and nothing done regarding war crime allegations. Where are the improvements?

    Raja Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:13 PM

    China, get out of Tibet NOW. Then talk rubbish.

    mercy Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:32 PM

    How comes in a fortnight the words are changing from china.

    Vinoth Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:55 PM

    Because of fear of Sri Lanka's retaliation.

    Grace Thursday, 28 November 2013 05:00 PM

    China and Russia are our bosom friends

    Ramani Friday, 29 November 2013 05:43 AM

    Bitter truth is allergic for some people!

    Harry Friday, 29 November 2013 02:31 AM

    China has administered Tibet for more than 400 years; at that time, Portugese came to the Island...

    Nodrog Saturday, 30 November 2013 01:03 PM

    Is the UK who also have blood on their hands also talking rubbish?

    Nodrog Saturday, 30 November 2013 01:04 PM

    Read the initial report on what China said then comment again.

    ranga Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:06 PM

    oh yaa, china this is your time to show your power in south sea, US Japan Korea Australia against you ! why don't you call SL nave to help ha ha


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