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* International investigations on Sri Lanka would impact reconciliation - Justice Minister
Fri, Feb 7, 2014, 11:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 07, Colombo: Passing proposals to conduct international investigations against Sri Lanka will have unexpected results and damage the sensitive reconciliation process, Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem has said.

During a meeting with the South African High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Geoff Q.M. Doidge recently at the Ministry, Minister Hakeem has pointed out that the rebuilding and reconciliation process will be adversely affected as a result of certain anti-Sri Lankan activities in the international arena.

Many issues related to the re-organization procedure have been discussed at the meeting, the state-run radio SLBC said.

The Minister has stressed that the Sri Lankan government gives priority to safeguard human rights of every citizen. The South African envoy has noted that Sri Lanka should find its own solution to the problems.

Sri Lanka has expressed interest in establishing a restorative justice body modeled after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has discussed the South African model of restorative justice when he met the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2013.

The Justice Minister has also discussed the trade relations with South Africa and requested the High Commissioner to encourage South African entrepreneurs to invest in the country as the country is achieving rapid development.

Ivor Jenkins, the Director of the Kutlwanong Democracy Centre (KDC) of the Institute for Democracy (IDASA) in South Africa also participated in the discussions.

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