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* UN Chief asks Sri Lanka to constructively engage with UN High Commissioner
Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 12:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 02, New York: The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Sri Lankan government to constructively engage and cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the implementation of the resolution adopted last week by the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General said the Secretary-General has consistently underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Sri Lanka.

The spokesperson was responding to a media question that asked what the response of the Secretary General was to a statement reportedly made by the Sri Lankan President's human rights envoy, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe that Sri Lanka will not participate in any way or cooperate or allow any investigators into the country.

The spokesperson said the Secretary-General welcomes the determination by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to advance accountability and promote lasting peace and reconciliation in the country.

"The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to constructively engage and cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner on the implementation of the resolution adopted last week by the Human Rights Council. He recalls the commitments made to him on accountability by the President of Sri Lanka in their Joint Statement of 2009," the spokesperson said.

Haq said that the United Nations will remain engaged with Sri Lanka to support Sri Lanka's efforts to make progress in accountability, reconciliation and a lasting political solution.

The resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on March 27 requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to undertake a comprehensive independent investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka from February, 2002 to May, 2009.

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