Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says it is unethical to criticize a person after extending an invitation to visit the country.
The UNP says that it is the country that is disgraced by the government's action of criticizing the UN High Commissioner for Human rights, Navi Pillay, especially after inviting her to the country.
Addressing media briefing Friday, UNP parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said that it was unethical to make a person feel uncomfortable after inviting the person to visit the country.
According to Kiriella, it was President Mahinda Rajapaksa as an opposition MP during the 1988-89 period who introduced the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to the country by travelling to Geneva with a file of missing persons at the time.
Before the current President's visit to the UNHRC no politician in Sri Lanka had been to the Council even for the 1971 Marxist party insurrection or for the arrest of the former President J.R. Jayewardene's son, Kiriella said.
He added that the issues of the country were all resolved within the country then but the current President set a bad example of taking internal issues to the UNHRC and now everyone is following the precedent set by him.