BREAKING NEWS: President delivers special statement on UNHRC resolution

BREAKING NEWS: President delivers special statement on UNHRC resolution

BREAKING NEWS: President delivers special statement on UNHRC resolution

Written by Staff Writer

22 Oct, 2015 | 6:02 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena delivered a special televised address, prior to the commencement of the All Party Representatives Meeting at the President’s official residence to discuss the measures the Sri Lankan government should take on the resolution that was adopted at the recently-concluded UN Human Rights Council Sessions in Geneva.

In his address, President Sirisena stated that different ideas, suggestions and criticism are important factors in a democracy. The President added that as the government of Sri Lanka and as main parties, attention should be drawn on the steps that should be taken in the future, as per the recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Council.

Speaking further, the President said that this matter has been the topic of discussion for a period of three years in Geneva. The President stated that, however, the recommendations put forward at the recently-concluded sessions has taken a positive stride in contrast to the recommendations made at the initial sessions.

President Sirisena went on to note that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had assured the council in Geneva that the government will take the necessary measures to implement a process which address matters of non-recurrence, establishment of an office on missing persons and reparation.

The president added that the report suggests that both sides of the conflict have committed human rights violations. The president said that there were reports in the media that this resolution must be rejected by the government. However, the President reiterated that a responsible government has to face the UNHRC recommendations along with the main parties concerned.

President Sirisena went on to note that the government of Sri Lanka has a strong stance with regard to this matter. Speaking further President Maithripala Sirisena said that the objective of this all party representative meeting is to find the end result of this process.

The President added that this meeting will be held under a democratic process, suggestions made by party representatives will be considered, and added that there is always room for continuous dialogue on the matter.

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