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Sri Lanka reached an important milestone in international relations this week after a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) draft resolution favourable to Sri Lanka was finalised, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

“Our representative in Geneva, along with the US representative and delegates from other countries agreed to co-sponsor the draft resolution. We are no longer in a cage, and we no longer have to face the pressures, as the world has accepted the fact that we are building a democratic society,” he said.

The Prime Minister expressed these views at the CIMA 50th Anniversary Dinner celebrations on Thursday, just one hour after the resolution was co-sponsored.

He said a special Judicial Commission named ‘Office of the Special Counsel’ subject to local laws and regulations would be set up to investigate allegations of human rights violations and promote reconciliation and accountability.

The Prime Minister said foreign expertise would be sought in specific areas.

“We will certainly obtain help not only from Sri Lankans but Commonwealth and foreign judges and lawyers. But it will have to be carried out under the Sri Lankan Constitution,” he added.

The final draft appears to have ended America's dilly-dallying as done in the past. It had earlier called for an international investigation and after the regime change in January backed a domestic inquiry prior to reverting to a domestic mechanism with significant foreign intervention.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the world community had been informed of the government’s decision to carry out constitutional reforms.

“We have agreed on implementing a political solution and bringing in the necessary constitutional reforms. As such of the biggest issues facing our country in the past five to six years has been removed and we can face the future with confidence,” he said.

In a lighter vein, the Prime Minister threw a jab at Britain.

“One of those responsible is sitting here, the British High Commissioner,” he said and added that President Maithripala Sirisena had sent a message from New York to offset any fears about economic and political sanctions.

“His message from New York was to move ahead with economic efforts without fear and develop our businesses and create the one million jobs as promised,” the Prime Minister said. (Chandeepa Wettasinghe)
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  • Madhu Sunday, 27 September 2015 10:36 PM

    By all means go to Somalia and live there and then talk

    OMG Saturday, 26 September 2015 03:02 PM

    Well done Mr. President and PM. We get the confidence in investing in SL now.

    Sapu Friday, 25 September 2015 08:16 PM

    Greatest leader in SL since a long time! Instead of fasting in front of the UN office like a clown Ranil used diplomacy and brains

    Sapu Friday, 25 September 2015 08:19 PM

    We need to have good relations with both west and east or we end up like N.Korea, vietnam became friends with US and now they are developing fast

    Sene Friday, 25 September 2015 08:22 PM

    Now western giant companies can invest in SL without fear

    Kamal Friday, 25 September 2015 08:26 PM

    MR loving Paddy Heads will have to go to N.Korea because SL will be like S.Korea ,Japan and Singapore soon

    Sira Friday, 25 September 2015 08:30 PM

    better to live in a nation like N.Korea under MR forever than live in a prosperous western friendly SL under RW

    Sapu Friday, 25 September 2015 08:33 PM

    With both the western and eastern investments and support we can create more than 1 million jobs!

    Saki Friday, 25 September 2015 08:45 PM

    Where are the MR worshipers shouting about conspiracies

    paddy Friday, 25 September 2015 08:49 PM

    Better live in a somalia ruled by MR than a singapore under Ranil

    Karunarathne Friday, 25 September 2015 08:57 PM

    Lanakns should be proud we got a leader with such recognition in the west


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