United National Party (UNP) today charged that the government had already given up its efforts to defeat the resolution that is being brought by the UNHRC against Sri Lanka.
UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella told a news conference that this position was confirmed by the government’s decision not to send any of the ministers for the UNHRC meeting this time. Mr. Kiriella was referring to a report which said the government’s team would be led by Sri Lanka’s Convoy in UN Ravinatha Aryasinha at this year’s UNHRC sessions.
He charged that that decision was made as none of the ministers could face the UNHRC because of the government’s failure to fulfill any of the assurance given by the government.
He recalled that several Ministers including the then Minister of Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe assured to take several steps to ensure preservation of human rights, media freedom in 2009 but nothing had been fulfilled to date.
He said the assurance given by the government that the recommendations of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation commission (LLRC) had also not been fulfilled to this date.
“How any of the ministers could face the UN in such a situation,” he asked.
The UNP MP said the passing of the UNHRC resolution would be obvious in such a situation. He said it is likely that UNHRC would decide to send in rapporteurs to Sri Lanka look into the human rights situation, independence of the Judiciary and media freedom.
He said it was likely that different rapporteurs would be sent to look into each of these components.
Mr. Kirilla also charged that the government had lost the support of UN and the European Union while the Commonwealth Union is on the fence.
“Commonwealth is on the fence especially with regard to allowing Sri Lanka to host the Commonwealth Summit (CHOGM) this year,” he said.
“This is the kind of humiliation which the present regime had brought to this country,” he said.
Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:11 PM
At last the government knows that none of its cabinet ministers would be capable of defending the country, as they had been telling lies upon lies and promising various actions withbout any sincere intention of implementing those. Now they have realized that it is not like giving election promises to the voter base. So, the only thing they could do is to keep away and send some officials just for the sake of participation because they all now know what the outcome would be. Shame, Shame.
nicky karunarathna Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:43 AM
What? did he mean that defeating LTTE and rescuing the country from that blood thirsty terrorist outfit brought disrepute the country. Is he gone really mad or talking vulgur? After finishing that dastartedly mayham that country faced for 30 long years living in kneel down position - people can face any situation whoever make them. Bring them on!.
modaya Thursday, 21 February 2013 07:46 AM
What Mr. kiriella said is exactly correct. The government created the blunder by destroying the LTTE without complying with the instructions of the opposition and the west.
Political circus Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:33 AM
It is a reflection on the efficiency and prestige that the Foreign Minister cammands, to see that he is not good enough to lead the delegation of one of the most important and critical meetings of the U.N.that we will ever attend. Dont blame the west and India for all our failings we brought this on ourselves. The sixty odd bufoons that behaved like crude village thugs in Geneva at the last sessions of the UNHRC Paved the way for this debacle.
polbooruva Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:30 AM
Yes we should have believed him about "one gonekuta puluvan yudda karanna" President is the Gona and you are the Real Brainy fella. Great saying Mr. Kiriella... We need more people like you!!!
akashi Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM
although the shun GENEVA very soon they will be hauled towards THE HAGUE via DM Android App
J.D Wednesday, 20 February 2013 09:00 AM
UNP also should be responsible for this humiliation.......
Chams Wednesday, 20 February 2013 08:57 AM
Send Mohan Peiris to do the defending work as he did in Homagam courts when he was summoned to testify on the disapearence of Prageeth Ekneligoda.
If my memory serve right, he was part of the contingent last time.
I am sure he will argue it out with the entire world to prove SL government is right.
Real Peace Wednesday, 20 February 2013 08:58 AM
Well said, Sir. Hope all Sri Lankans realise the grave situation we are in......!!!
Sunil Perea Wednesday, 20 February 2013 09:06 AM
Not only government UNP also act in response form 1983
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