Written by Bella Dalima
20 Aug, 2014 | 7:33 pm
Speaking at the daily press briefing in New York on Wednesday, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon, said the Secretary General has reiterated the importance of Sri Lanka engaging constructively with the UN system, in terms of the international inquiry.
Question: On Sri Lanka, the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, met with foreign press today and said he will not grant visas to the panel of inquiry into the war crimes of 2009. And I wanted to know, given the Secretary General’s visit there in 2009 and statements since, what is his response to this public statement by the President?
Spokesman for the UN Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric:
[quote] I think, as you know, and as we’ve stated here, the Secretary General fully supports the High Commissioner for Human Rights and commends the leadership she’s demonstrated to assist Sri Lanka in advancing accountability and reconciliation. The Secretary General encourages Sri Lanka to cooperate with the inquiry led by the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, that was established by the Human Rights Council. He reiterates the importance for the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to constructively engage with the entire UN system as it would help the country make constant progress development, lasting peace and protection of Human Rights.[/quote]
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