Aug 30, Colombo: The much anticipated meeting between the visiting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham (Navi) Pillay and the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa took place this evening at the Temple Trees.
The UN official, besides discussing Sri Lanka's progress in human rights and accountability issues, had the opportunity to interact with a group of school children who were visiting the Temple Trees.
Students of Weera Walagamba Vidyalaya at Maduragoda, Dodangaslanda apprised the High Commissioner on the development in their village and the opportunity they have now to freely carry out their studies.
Earlier today Pillay, who is on a week-long fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka, met the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.
The UN official who arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday (August 25) also visited the North and the East and held discussions with the members of the major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance and civil society leaders during her visit.
External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the External Affairs Ministry Karunaratne Amunugama and Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha also participated in the discussion.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)