President Mahinda Rajapaksa met visiting Human Rights Commissioner for the United Nations a short while ago, the government information department said.
Following is the press release issued by Presidential media unit
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanethem Pillay, when she called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon, acknowledged the post-war progress that has been made in Sri Lanka.
“This is a visit long overdue, but I felt that it’s much better that I come so that I’ll be in a position to report on the very many achievements that have been made,” Ms. Pillay said. “Firstly, it was very very visible to me in the North how much you have invested in reconstruction.”
Speaking about implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the High Commissioner said she was very pleased about the establishment of a commission to look into war-time disappearances.
The President and the High Commissioner also spoke about reports that depicted Sri Lanka as a country of religious intolerance, with Ms. Pillay saying she was surprised since Sri Lanka is generally known to have a culture of tolerance. President Rajapaksa described that these have been isolated incidents and that the majority of Sri Lankans continue to coexist peacefully in all parts of the island.
Ms. Pillay also said there has been “good cooperation” between her office and the Sri Lankan government in facilitating her visit and that she had received comprehensive briefings at all her meetings.
President Rajapaksa told Ms. Pillay that there is a belief among many Sri Lankans that the United Nations is biased in the way it deals with countries, and he said he urged those who voiced these concerns to him not to prejudge the report Ms. Pillay is due to issue.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, Head of Mission of Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva Mr. Ravinatha Aryasinha and Additional Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne also joined the discussion.
As usual will bow inside the closed room. Once Pillai left the country, will pound his chest in front of gullible citizen.
Namasthe Je Friday, 30 August 2013 12:38 PM
Let's hope that she will leave Sri Lanka with unprejudiced mind!
Sujeewa Friday, 30 August 2013 12:43 PM
People like you measure others by your own standards. MR has exhibitted in enough and more instances that he has courage and pride than most of our past and current leaders who bend backwards to international community. The problem we are having is, MR brings the pride too much, and that annoys the IC. Although he is absolutely correct in 99% of the instances, he could be a little more diplomatic.
ANTON Friday, 30 August 2013 12:48 PM
HI NAVI....HOW IS SRILANKA
DUTUGEMUNU Friday, 30 August 2013 12:51 PM
NOW mr IS A IGNORED MAN , NO LEADERSHIP ONLY A GOOD CHEATER , ROBER AND A CROOK.............
Hoodwinked Friday, 30 August 2013 01:25 PM
First of all you will be offered a nice black coffee then like our famous leader of opp. you will become his pet poodle
Amila. G Friday, 30 August 2013 02:00 PM
Diplomacy par excellence , with a knack to win the heart of the opponent .
unchikun Friday, 30 August 2013 02:13 PM
I am sure our peoples ( Waliwariya) will lecture the madam on human rights.
Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 30 August 2013 02:39 PM
Nothing of the sort. President of Sri Lanka can stand straight with conviction. We are Sri Lankans! We must stand together.
MagodisThuma Friday, 30 August 2013 03:46 PM
Darling are you OK...?
Country Lover Friday, 30 August 2013 03:52 PM
Hey Fawzan! Our President has our blessings, not you
Ra Si Friday, 30 August 2013 03:58 PM
Well said, Fawzan
Shah Friday, 30 August 2013 04:35 PM
What about the marriage proposal......
bandara def Friday, 30 August 2013 04:58 PM
Mr. President. You are the 1st head of state to see a low level UN employed officer. Barak Obama didn't. Putin Didn't, Xi didn't. You DID. well nothing to talk about between your level and this officer's level officially.
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