Saturday, 04 July 2020 12:21

Sri Lanka says its committed to achieve reconciliation via domestic process

Despite its withdrawal from the UNHRC resolution, Sri Lanka says it remains committed to achieve reconciliation, accountability and human rights within the framework of the Sri Lankan Constitution, through a “domestically designed and executed” process in line with the Government’s policy framework.

Sri Lanka’s Actg. Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ms. Dayani Mendis, made these comments while delivering the statement by Sri Lanka at the Interactive Dialogue on the annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and her oral update on COVID-19, during the 44th Session of the Human Rights Council.

The statement was made in response to the views expressed recently by the ‘Core Group on Sri Lanka’ at the UNHRC.

Sri Lanka was responding to views expressed on Tuesday (30 June) by the core group on Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka (UK, Canada, Germany, North Macedonia and Montenegro).

Sri Lanka has urged all parties once again to recognize the realities on the ground, and appreciate this approach of focusing on deliverable measures of reconciliation - which is backed by a people’s mandate and is in the interest of Sri Lanka and its people.

The country has stressed the need of not opting to continue with a framework driven externally that has failed to deliver genuine reconciliation for over four and half years.

In conclusion, the Government of Sri Lanka said it continues its engagement with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Human Rights mechanisms and work in close cooperation with the international community through capacity building and technical assistance in mutually agreed areas, in keeping with domestic priorities and policies.


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