Written by Staff Writer
17 Nov, 2013 | 8:46 pm
Responding to calls made by the British Prime Minister for an international inquiry into Sri Lanka’s human rights record, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr.Chris Nonis said that for anyone to give or pass judgment on a particular country, it is important for them to come and achieve a balance.
The Sri Lankan diplomat made this comment at the press conference convened at the CHOGM Media Center at the BMICH on Sunday afternoon.
He further stated:
“Sri Lanka having been four years post conflict, this is a domestic situation. And there is no requirement whatsoever to internationalise a domestic process. I agree with the point that Sri Lanka is not at the position where we need to, in anyway, to internationalise the post conflict situation. We already have a comprehensive LLRC to address that, and there are other committees that have been subsequently appointed. This is not a place to internationalise – that we are in no position whatsoever to have to accede to any form of internationalisation of an investigation on Sri Lanka. But that does not stop an individual from quoting a particular TV station or a particular booklet. It is not quoted by only Cameron but by many other people. It is what we get all the time. What I am saying is we need to be on the offensive of what progress has been made. For anyone, if they want to give or pass judgment on a particular country, I think it is important for them to come and achieve a balance. I think it is very important for whoever comes to the country , rather than simply visiting Colombo and visiting one particular conflict-affected area like the North, think it is equally important before they seek to comment on the country, to appraise themselves by also visiting the East and visiting the South and meeting the indigenous Tamil , Muslim, Sinhalese people of Colombo. Because it is only then that they will realise that people have been living together here for so many years.”
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