UNHRC has made separatist elements more intransigent-GLMarch 6, 2014, 9:40 pm
External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris during his meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navaneetham Pillay said that the highly prejudiced actions by sections of the international community and the Office of the High Commissioner to give disproportionate attention to Sri Lanka had only made the separatist diaspora Tamil elements and their proxies in the north more intransigent, making the intensely difficult task of achieving reconciliation in Sri Lanka even harder.
Prof. Peiris said the High Commissioner was well aware of the important political decisions the government of Sri Lanka had taken in the restoration of normalcy to those affected following the conflict, channeling the necessary resources to develop the previously conflict affected areas and in September 20, 2013, to enable the holding of the Northern Provincial Council elections, which four previous Presidents over 26 years did not have the courage to do.
Minister Peiris made this observation when as the leader of the Sri Lanka delegation for the 25th HRC, as is customary, he met the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay today (6th March 2014) at the Palaise de Nations in Geneva.
Minister Peiris drew to the High Commissioner’s attention the objections he made to the report submitted by her to the current Human Rights Council sessions where he detailed the lack of objectivity and patent bias evidenced in her report which also called for the setting up of an international inquiry mechanism on Sri Lanka. He said the report was both one sided and politicized. He said it was particularly unfortunate that the High Commissioner should have done so after having the benefit of an extended visit to Sri Lanka where she was given unimpeded access. Noting that the High Commissioner had undertaken her visit almost 2 ½ years after the original invitation was extended by the Government of Sri Lanka, the Minister said that he felt that some of the High Commissioner’s comments while in Sri Lanka and her final report represented a lost opportunity in contributing positively to Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process.
Minister Peiris said that the bias, unfairness with which Sri Lankan was being treated was also evident in recent acts such as the refusal of the OHCHR to, as done last year to place Sri Lankan’s comments on the High Commissioner’s report as an addendum, as done when she presented her report in the previous year. While appreciating that the OHCHR had incorporated some of the glaring errors that were contained in the draft report following Sri Lanka’s comments, he said, the GOSL was nevertheless concerned about the methodology and sources that continued to inform the High Commissioner’s reports and action on Sri Lanka.
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