Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* UN Chief encourages Sri Lanka to cooperate with the UN inquiry
Sat, Jun 14, 2014, 11:11 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

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.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake achieves career-best rankin
-- [3 hours ago]
Common opposition candidate challenges Sri Lankan President for a debate on good governance
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Army rejects allegations that soldiers used for menial jobs
-- [6 hours ago]
Special security arrangement for Sri Lanka elections, police arrest 30 for election law violations
-- [6 hours ago]
Think tank in Sri Lanka says Missing Persons Commission is 'structurally flawed'
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lankan President shares future plans for the country with private sector
-- [7 hours ago]
Two new judges sworn in to Sri Lanka high courts
Sri Lanka's NDB Investment Bank facilitates Hemas Power acquisition
President orders investigation into attack on opposition rally
Opposition election meetings attacked in Sri Lanka

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.