Written by Staff Writer
16 Nov, 2013 | 2:21 pm
British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Sri Lanka’s president to go further and faster over human rights issues and reconciliation following the country’s civil war.
David Cameron held a press briefing at BMICH this morning.
Addressing media, the British Prime Minister made observations on his meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa which was held on Friday, and on his visit to the North.
He said that it is the first time a foreign head of government has visited the North since 1948. He went on to further state that a good opportunity exists for Sri Lanka for development.
He said, he called on him to set up an independent inquiry into alleged war crimes – or face a UN probe. The British PM added: “I accept it takes time but I think what matters is getting on the right pathway, getting on the right track, because it is only through generosity, through reconciling people that you can make the most of this country.”
Cameron said President Rajapaksa wanted more time to address the claims, but that he had put him on notice to deliver by March or he would push for an international investigation through the auspices of the UN human rights council.
In the meantime, Minister of Irrigation and Water Management Nimal Siripala de Silva said;
The Sri Lankan Government will do the correct thing, but will not do the wrong thing due to pressure, we will resist any international inquiry, that is the policy of the government, because we believe there is no reason for inquiry within a short span of time, we have done out best in the reconciliation process.”
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