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* Sri Lanka envoy calls on Namibian President to discuss US resolution
Thu, Feb 13, 2014, 02:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 13, Windhoek: Sri Lankan President's special envoy Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Dilan Perera carrying a special message from the President has called on the President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba at the State House on Wednesday.

Minister Perera has apprised President Pohamba on the U.S. plans to sponsor a third resolution on Sri Lanka's human rights record at the U.N. Human Rights Council next month in Geneva .

During the meeting Minister Perera has handed President Pohamba a document sent from Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa,Namibian daily New Era reported.

Following the meeting with the President, the Sri Lankan Minister has told a Namibian media delegation that Sri Lanka cannot accept the U.S. resolution as it is using the human rights issue to target the country for narrow political reasons.

"There is a resolution by the United States of America on Sri Lanka on the Human Rights Council, we cannot accept it because they are using the human rights mechanism to target specific countries for narrow political reasons," Perera has told the Namibian media.

When asked about Namibia's stance the deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peya Mushelenga has said that the Sri Lankan Minister has brought a message on that particular issue to the Namibian President and he will "pronounce himself on the matter."

Minister Perera has explained that Sri Lanka will always respect UN resolutions, but they must not be country specific, especially in forums like the UN Human Rights Council.

He has said that country specific resolutions, as in the case of Sri Lanka, are against the UN principle of cooperation, dialogue and understanding.

"Sri Lanka fully supports the UN system and we feel it must on multilateral affairs, rather than use the UN label to target specific countries," he has said.

He has also revealed that during the closed-door meeting with President Pohamba, they have discussed some issues that might come up during next month's meeting in Geneva.

"Namibia understands the progress Sri Lanka is making in this regard, and your leader [Pohamba] saw it for himself when he was there during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting," the Minister has told the reporters.

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