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Sri Lanka is fully able to undertake the tasks set out by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and to guarantee the rights of its citizens, Foreign Minister G. I. Peiris told Prensa Latina in an interview.

"We have the institutions, the resources and the will to take forward the rebuilding of our country, continue strenghtening our economy, and ensuring a decent life for all, no matter their religion, ethnicity or political affiliation," Peiris said.

"It has been a little more than four years since the war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and signs of progress are visible everywhere you go in our nation," he added.

He said that amid the complex situation left by a conflict of almost 30 years, the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has had to establish priorities among the almost 300 tasks fixed by the Reconciliation Commission.

Mine clearing in the north of the country is complete and more than 11,000 former LTTE members have been rehabilitated and reinserted in society, with equal rights, Peiris said.

By virtue of an intense investment program and the recovery of productive activities such as fishing and agriculture, the economy of the northern province (where the population is mostly Tamil) grew by 22 percent in recent years, compared to a national rate of 7 percent, he said.

The reconstruction of homes, highways, schools, hospitals and other social projects and the reinsertion of more than 400,000 people displaced by the war, along with the search for thousands of missing people are other tasks requiring more time but showing progress, he said.

In March 2012 and March 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council approved two resolutions that urged Sri Lanka to speed up the application of the Reconciliation Commission's recommendations.

In March 2014, the Human Rights Council will review the topic and many Western countries will probably propose that Sri Lanka submit to an independent internacional investigation to observe the rights of ethnic minorities.

"But the threatening and the international pressure are not the path for us to go forward. The international community should give ua a vote of trust, because the Sri Lankan government has the greatest will to do things right and is dedicating great resources to reconciliation and reconstruction. We have the institutions to solve our problems," said Peiris.

"It is a mistake to apply selective and subjective standards to Sri Lanka. The UNHRC must consider the facts, by their own merits," he said.

He added that some governments are against the independent path taken by Sri Lanka, and together to former LTTE members who went abroad with a lot of financial resources, have started a campaign of discredit.
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  • Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 27 December 2013 06:02 AM

    We are pundits GL, better listen to us, you gonna pave the way for Ealam.

    Mason Friday, 27 December 2013 06:07 AM

    As usual an empty talk. We can see how nothing has been solved in the past years up to now.
    Why not you get back to professor job and spare us from hearing your gibberish.

    ase Saturday, 28 December 2013 05:09 AM

    what have we done with weddas

    Richard Friday, 27 December 2013 06:22 AM

    He is a bought over from UNP where he was a former UNP strong anchor. Now he is singing for his share of the loot. He cares two-hoots for the Country.

    Siripala Friday, 27 December 2013 06:25 AM

    You forgot to dye your hair this morning...

    dud Friday, 27 December 2013 06:28 AM

    damned right. with the right people we can do it our way.
    dont need all these supposedly human rights champions to tell us otherwise.
    they never tell us their abuses. eg. canada and usa with the native indians.
    i dont like you but well said

    Lakshi Dias Tuesday, 31 December 2013 07:54 AM

    UNHRC to find a another problem to f8 not SL

    Fudger Friday, 27 December 2013 06:43 AM

    Are you on drugs? Seems like you have been since you crossed over. Shame Shame

    Ganesh Friday, 27 December 2013 06:47 AM

    Nobody needs Ealam because e how much we suffered from LTTE in the name of EEalam not that we do not know .However there should be a long standing viable solution to be with Sinhaleese not under them.

    Premalal Friday, 27 December 2013 07:10 AM

    You are the product of our education system where education is valued over intelligence. That is why there are howls of humour every time you opens your mouth. How much better would it have been if it was the other way round?

    unchikuni Friday, 27 December 2013 03:11 AM

    Hello Nutty Prof. Tell this to the birds.

    grumpy Friday, 27 December 2013 03:25 AM

    Yea... i bet we can. MR decides and u jot it down. Wake up GL.

    xlr Friday, 27 December 2013 07:33 AM

    legitimate citizens of this country whether in Jaffna or Colombo face the same problems.

    meranchi Friday, 27 December 2013 03:30 AM

    You only talking you cant do any thing we the history spending only public money ......i

    ala Friday, 27 December 2013 07:35 AM

    This minister in a disgrace to the entire country, what a shame....he has lost all his credibility. Feel sorry for him sometimes.

    what2do Friday, 27 December 2013 03:39 AM

    Hello Prof parasites like you are the root cause of our beloved country's problems !!

    Mahendra Friday, 27 December 2013 12:00 AM

    Go and fly a kite jerk! How many more years you want to tell the same story?

    Thomas Ranger Friday, 27 December 2013 03:43 AM

    What a story teller this Prof. 'foot in mouth' is. If what your are saying can be accepted, why the hell is all these international bodies crying for your blood. Save your breath, man.

    Samson Friday, 27 December 2013 03:44 AM

    This nutty, nit whit professor is spitting out these words to save his but and live the luxury life FOB on the expense of the poor people. We have heard these very same words over and over. It's just stale news.

    Suppiah Friday, 27 December 2013 07:45 AM

    To all the negative comments here. I don't think the Professor even reads this tripe. I agree with what he says, we need to solve our own problems. Otherwise we will end up like Afghanistan or Iraq where outsiders messed up big time and its still not over after ten years. The kidnappings, murders, killings go on everyday. Thanks to the Americans & the British, who went to establish democracy in Iraq & Afghanistan. These two countries were much safer before they interfered.

    Thomas Friday, 27 December 2013 03:46 AM

    ONLY TALK, NO RESULTS

    kane Friday, 27 December 2013 03:47 AM

    If you can solve the problems, solve it! What are you waiting for?

    Guruge Friday, 27 December 2013 07:50 AM

    Could you please let us know that so far how many problems have been solve by the government

    krishnakunar Friday, 27 December 2013 03:56 AM

    Aftre 100 years

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 28 December 2013 09:11 AM

    Wonder when the old Professori will realise that no man is an island and stop this audacity of screaming "I know everything"

    MCDONALD Friday, 27 December 2013 03:59 AM

    Even the birds won't listen to his silly utterances

    Concerned citizen Friday, 27 December 2013 08:02 AM

    so, then, why bother? Go to UNHCR in March like heroes!

    Premalal Friday, 27 December 2013 12:16 PM

    Sir the mere fact that outsiders are trying to interfere in our affairs has been due to our inability to solve things on our own.

    RohanR Friday, 27 December 2013 08:05 AM

    aiyo aiyo.... do we have any problem in sri lanka??

    asoka abeywardena Friday, 27 December 2013 08:07 AM

    Yes of course...but the problem is not doing it...

    BUSHEL Friday, 27 December 2013 04:09 AM

    Dear G.L., , YOu will quote according to book with tail down and whining. But US will be not bothered even to look at your face

    jane Friday, 27 December 2013 04:10 AM

    Ohh really prof, pls tell me how many problems you have solved
    since 1948 !

    Dammika Friday, 27 December 2013 04:13 AM

    When .... don't bullshit

    RohanR Friday, 27 December 2013 08:27 AM

    wow... do we have a problem n sri lanka, professor sir?

    Ganesh Friday, 27 December 2013 05:04 AM

    Nobody can be fooled anymore by your parroting gibberish citing your boss brazenly being an erudite Professor just singing for your supper against your conscience .Is it a job of a decent Prof?

    Chandima Friday, 27 December 2013 05:10 AM

    Then beg from others... Solve your economic issues also your self by charging the corrupt politicians....

    Loketa parakase.... Gedarata maragaathee....

    Lanka Shantha Friday, 27 December 2013 05:16 AM

    What Srimavo did for the country with China and non aligned movement is being continued by you people. Don't think China can keep you out of trouble. We the common people are suffering of your faults.

    Islander Friday, 27 December 2013 12:00 AM

    First we must resolve the heroin and alcohol containers and the murders and rapes carried out by politicians and their stooges. Then may be.... via DM Android App

    Vijay Friday, 27 December 2013 05:26 AM

    How long do you want

    Malin Friday, 27 December 2013 05:27 AM

    GL, Just talking rubbish is not going to help SL at the next UNHRC session in March 2014. Do something constructive to counter the LTTE lobby and the western lobby. How about sending Camerron a dossier of the atrocities committed by the British empire in Sri Lanka and hunting aborigines in Australia for pleasure by the early British settlers and seek answers before the sessions start.

    meenavan Friday, 27 December 2013 05:29 AM

    After 65 years freedom we made only solution to increase the cost of living of the innocent sri lankan

    FOX Friday, 27 December 2013 05:32 AM

    PARROT !!!!

    Mithy Friday, 27 December 2013 05:32 AM

    Really?
    I like your humour GL Sir!

    Will Friday, 27 December 2013 05:39 AM

    What are you smoking? Can I have some too?

    what2do Friday, 27 December 2013 05:40 AM

    Hey Prof we are sick of hearing stories abt LTTE and former UNP govt You have been jumping from side to side (which ever party is in power). Tell us what have you done for the country and the people of this country???


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