May 21, Shanghai: Sri Lanka remains fully committed to implementing a domestic procedure to look into alleged violations that may have taken place during the war, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The President said an international inquiry into the alleged violations is not in keeping "with the vision of our people" and made reference to the contradictions in Paragraphs 2 and 10 of the last resolution of the U.N. Human Rights Council, when he met the UN Chief this afternoon on the sidelines of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai China.
The UN resolution adopted at the UNHRC in March this year requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the alleged violations of human rights by both sides of the war between the security forces and the Tamil Tiger terrorists.
President Rajapaksa, briefing the Secretary-General on the post-war developments that have taken place in Sri Lanka since Mr. Ban's last visit to the island in 2009 and progress in a variety of different sectors, urged the Secretary-General to make another visit to personally see the developments.
The President also updated Mr. Ban on the progress of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), pointing out that Sri Lanka has implemented about 30 percent of the recommendations so far.
"I appreciate your leadership to implement the LLRC," Mr. Ban said while also expressing his appreciation of the President's commitment to the democratic process.
President Rajapaksa also explained that addressing certain matters such as land ownership will take time, but that Sri Lanka remains committed to the LLRC process.
Sri Lanka continues to work with the United Nations system, the President assured.
Pointing out that Sri Lanka has been making a great deal of progress, Mr. Ban also congratulated Sri Lanka on the successful conclusion of the World Conference on Youth (WCY) 2014.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, President's Chief of Staff Mr. Gamini Senarath, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne and Sri Lanka's Ambassador in China Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda were also present at the discussion.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)