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* President's special human rights envoy not part of Sri Lankan delegation to UNHRC
Thu, Feb 21, 2013, 11:55 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's special human rights envoy, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is not part of the government's delegation to the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

Samarasinghe has led the government delegation at the high level sessions of the UNHRC for the past few years.

The government is to be represented by a delegation of senior officials of External Affairs Ministry and the Attorney General's Department and headed by Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha.

Samarasinghe has confirmed to the local media that he would not be part of the government delegation to the UNHRC sessions.

According to the External Affairs Ministry, government ministers were unlikely to be included in the delegation to the UNHRC sessions scheduled to be held from February 25 - March 22 in Geneva.

At the session Sri Lanka's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will be considered and the final outcome will be adopted.

The United States Wednesday confirmed that it will present a new resolution on Sri Lanka at the upcoming session.



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