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* South Africa supports an internal solution for Sri Lanka
Tue, Mar 4, 2014, 10:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 04, Geneva: South Africa today said that it supports a durable solution in Sri Lanka which can be reached by Sri Lankans themselves.

Addressing the High Level Segment at the 25th session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Tuesday, South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane noted that Human Rights Council has been seized with the issue of Sri Lanka for a while.

Ms. Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa's approach to Sri Lanka's situation is to allow the Sri Lankans to find their own solution.

"It is important that we allow Sri Lankans to find each other, and out of this find solutions that are durable for their society," the South African Minister told the assembly.

Drawing from South Africa's own experience the Minister said South Africans also had to find each other and consequently find their own solution to their own problem.

"We, as South Africans also had to find each other and consequently find our own solution to our own problem. This is our wish for the people of Sri Lanka," Ms. Nkoana-Mashabane said.

A Sri Lankan delegation headed by the Leader of the House Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, Nimal Siripala de Silva visited South Africa on last month to hold discussions with South African officials on that country's procedures and experiences of Truth and Reconciliation.

The Sri Lankan delegation explored the possibility of using the South African mechanism for the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka after eradicating terrorism.

The South African leaders have assured to support Sri Lanka to set up a mechanism based on the model of their Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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