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By Jamila Najmuddin


UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this evening and discussed issues related to the IDPs, a political settlement as well as human rights concerns, External Affairs Ministry sources told Daily Mirror online.

During the discussion the UN official, who visited Mullaitivu today and met families resettled in their homes after being at IDP camps in Vavuniya, had expressed satisfaction with the resettlement process undertaken by the government.

President Rajapaksa and the visiting UN official also discussed the implementation of the joint statement by President Rajapaksa and UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon last May where they agreed that addressing the aspirations and grievances of all communities and working towards a lasting political solution was fundamental to ensuring long-term socio-economic development.

“The two sides discussed IDPs, resettlement, Human rights and the joint statement issued last May after the UN Secretary General’s visit to the island,” External Affairs Ministry sources said adding that Pascoe will meet other political representatives including those from minority parties before departing for New York.  He was scheduled to meet later in the evening with Ranil Wickremasinghe, Leader of the Opposition and Tian Alles, MP, Democratic National Alliance.

In the joint statement last year following the end of the war Sri Lanka reiterated its strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations.  The Secretary-General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:42 AM

    No point talking to Sri Lanka's Big Chief. It will be a NATO affair - NO ACTION, TALK ONLY.!

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:44 AM

    They try to show this part of the world that they are so superior.
    Alas, still couldn't plug the massive oil sleek in the gulf of Mexico.
    Solve your problems before poking to others.

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:53 AM

    Mr. Pascoe, upon return, please convey to your boss, Mr Moon, that Sri Lankans are quite adept at finding solutions to their internal problems. Thank you.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 05:09 PM

    Don't try to meet our "super hero," he might try to "hang" you.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:47 PM

    Mr. Pascoe, aren't you in the wrong country to discuss Human Rights concerns? Why don't you go West for a start?

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 12:55 AM

    HAVE A NICE HOLIDAY!

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 01:55 AM

    SL govt says there is no need for a political solution because it says peace already has been achieved

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 02:19 AM

    WHY DON'T THEY FIND A SOLUTION FOR THE PALESTINE PEOPLE INSTEAD.

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 02:26 AM

    stop talking against mother country! This is treason!!

    Thursday, 17 June 2010 02:28 AM

    'Speech is silver, silence is golden'. Better keep quiet when you have nothing important to say.


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