Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 13 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka rejects UN resolution, will continue own process to implement LLRC recommendations
Mon, Mar 26, 2012, 07:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 26, Colombo: Dismissing speculations that the resolution adopted by the United Nations can impose economic sanctions on the country Sri Lanka today assured the public that there will be no such move as the UN Human Rights Council has no powers to impose economic sanctions.

Addressing a media briefing External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said Sri Lanka does not accept the UN Resolution and there will be no change in Sri Lanka's stance to bow down to any foreign pressure.

"There is no justification for this form of intervention. The people of this country do not want to decisions imposed on them," he said.

The Minister stressed that Sri Lanka does not need unwarranted pressure to successfully implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

He added that the Internationalizing the issue which is internal to Sri Lanka, by any initiative through the UNHRC at present would not help but only harm the reconciliation process launched by the government.

The resolution tabled by the United States was adopted at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva last week with 24 countries including India voting in favor and 15 countries opposing it. Eight countries abstained from voting.

The resolution is a "highly selective and arbitrary process not governed by objective norms or criteria of any kind," the Minister said adding that despite its adoption, Sri Lanka will continue with its current process of solving the national issue.

"Our policy in respect of all matters will continue to be guided by the vital interests and wellbeing of the people of our country," Prof. G. L. Peiris said.

He said Sri Lanka will continue to engage with the UN and its organs in the most proactive manner as Sri Lanka consistently has done in the past.

Speaking of the relationship with the US and India, the Minister reiterated that Sri Lanka has a strong relationship with the two countries and hope to strengthen the relations further.

"One single incident will not change the Government's foreign policy," the Minister said.

Minister of Irrigation and Water Management Nimal Siripala de Silva speaking at the media briefing said that the government has absolutely no intention to hold a referendum on implementing the LLRC recommendations as some have suggested.

Minister de Silva said that there is no legal requirement to implement all the recommendations of the Commission in the exact manner.

The resolution on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka calls on the Sri Lankan government to speedily implement the recommendations of the LLRC and take credible steps to ensure accountability for alleged serious violations of international humanitarian laws committed during the final stages of the country's civil war.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Government to place public funds under direct supervision of the Treasury
-- [58 minutes ago]
RE/MAX enters Sri Lanka's booming Eastern Coast property market
-- [2 hours ago]
Southern Expressway extension from Matara to Hambanthota to open for public in August
Chairman of Sanasa Bank at Wigoda, Gampaha arrested for misappropriating over Rs. 750 million of funds
Foundation laid for 2,126th model village named after cricket legend Kumara Sangakkara
Sports Minister clarifies that he has no involvement in team selections
Area for leopard sightseeing at Kumana National Park closed off for tourists after worker killed
Comprehensive probe into giving wrong bodies to families at Kalutara Hospital
PNB recovers over 3 kg of heroin in a garage near Southern expressway entrance
Solar Industries Association seeks immediate approval for small solar power projects to end power crisis

Copyright © 2000, 2010 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.