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* Sri Lanka hopes for better relations with new UNHRC Chief
Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 12:31 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Monday expressed hope that the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan be "more balanced" in his responsibilities than his predecessor Navanetham Pillay.

Welcoming the new Human Rights Chief, who takes over the post at the UNHRC in Geneva today from outgoing Pillay, government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said the Sri Lankan government hopes the new HR Chief will take note of the concerns Sri Lanka had with the outgoing Commissioner and carry out his duties in an unbiased manner.

Rambukwella told the reporters in Kandy today that Sri Lanka's position with Pillay was not a secret and the government hopes Al-Hussein's tenure would be impartial and the government's relations with the new HR chief to be positive.

"We were open about our complaints that Pillay was biased against Sri Lanka. She was never impartial. We hope that her successor would be more balanced in his approach," Rambukwella told media.

Sri Lanka had an edgy relationship with Pillay, who is a Tamil of South African origin, accusing her of being biased towards the Tamil Diaspora and attempting to create a distorted impression of the country.

Sri Lanka has accused Pillay of being prejudiced, hostile, and lacking objectivity on issues pertaining to Sri Lanka.

Rambukwella also said the External Affairs Ministry will decide if Al-Hussein should be invited to Sri Lanka, PTI reported.

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