June 14, New York: The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international inquiry launched by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights into human rights violations during Sri Lanka's war, his Spokesman said.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, when asked about cooperation by the Government of Sri Lanka with the work of a human rights inquiry into the country's war, said that the Secretary-General encouraged Sri Lanka’s cooperation with that inquiry.
"Certainly we would expect cooperation with the work of the human rights bodies regarding Sri Lanka," Haq said at the press briefing on Friday in New York.
"The Secretary-General fully understands the challenges and complexity related to post-war processes, and therefore encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to engage constructively with the international community, to strengthen the existing domestic processes in a manner that is inclusive and respectful of human rights and to work towards lasting peace in Sri Lanka," the spokesman said.
He later added that the Secretary-General supports the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and commends the leadership she has demonstrated to assist Sri Lanka in advancing accountability and reconciliation.
Sri Lanka's Permanent representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha Tuesday reiterated its categorical rejection of the Human Right Council Resolution 25/1, and said Sri Lanka will not cooperate with the OHCHR-driven so called "comprehensive investigation" emanating from it.
The UN has initiated the probe into Sri Lanka's war with the appointment of the investigative team coordinated by the senior UN human rights official Sandra Beidas.
However, Sri Lanka parliament will debate next week whether to cooperate with the probe and allow the 12-member UN team into the country to conduct their investigation.