Aug 28, Colombo: The United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham (Navi) Pillay's visit to Sri Lanka reflects the openness of the government, a Sri Lankan Minister said today.
Addressing a media briefing today, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the government has nothing to hide from the visiting UN official and provided all she has asked for during her visit without any restrictions.
He said the government is fully transparent regarding the visit and it will be an eye opener for her.
"She now has the opportunity to see for herself the ground situation and reach a conclusion accordingly," the Minister said.
The Minster said the government expects her to be impartial and to submit a fair and balanced report following her visit in the country to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva at its session next month.
Pillay, who has been very critical of Sri Lanka's human rights situation, has constantly insisted on an international investigation into the allegations of Sri Lanka's human right violations during the war.
In response to media queries on comments made by the High Commissioner on land issues in the North, the Minister, stressed that the government however is not prepared to carry out the orders issued by the UN Human Rights Commissioner.
The UN official, who arrived in the island on Sunday visited the Northern Province yesterday and met with the people, especially the relatives of the missing and disappeared.
The High Commissioner is visiting the Eastern Province today meeting with civil organizations and human right activists. She has also met the Governor of the Eastern Province Rear Admiral (Retd.) Mohan Wijewickrama.
However, local radio Hiru FM reported that the UN official has held two unscheduled meetings in secret today in Trincomalee without the presence of the media or the government assigned security personnel.