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* Sri Lanka welcomes adoption of consensus resolution, invites OHCHR to engage closely to verify facts
Thu, Mar 21, 2019, 11:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 21, Geneva: Sri Lanka today welcomed the adoption of the consensus resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) allowing two more years to implement the commitments and invited the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to engage with the local institutions closely to verify facts on the ground.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Thursday without a vote adopted the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka which proposes to give two more years to Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments for reconciliation and transnational justice.

Head of the Sri Lankan delegation to the 40th session of UNHRC, Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana said. Sri Lankan government considers Resolution 40/L.1 mandating an extension of two years until March 2021, to make further progress on human rights, reconciliation and accountability, as a mark of recognition of Sri Lanka's political commitment and the progressive steps already taken by the Government since 2015.

"Sri Lanka's open, and constructive approach towards the work of this Council is well acknowledged. We have engaged with seven core Treaty Bodies, the UPR, and have also facilitated 8 visits by special procedures mandate holders and independent experts, resulting in a total of over 1000 recommendations, for expeditious implementation by Sri Lanka," he said in a statement.

"As I put on record before this Council yesterday, we have to set our priorities right and we are committed to find innovative and pragmatic solutions to protect the country's national interest and the well-being of all Sri Lankans alike, guided by the provisions of the supreme law of the land - The Constitution. Sri Lanka's co-sponsorship of this year's Resolution assures to all concerned persons, the Sri Lankan society at large, and to all our interlocutors outside the country, that we will continue to move forward within these parameters, to ensure eventual closure."

Minister Marapana welcomed the assistance and cooperation received from partners as required, and invited the OHCHR to engage closely with the relevant local institutions and independent bodies including the National Human Rights Commission, in verifying facts on ground, which will help OHCHR to provide more objective and realistic assessment on the progress made in Sri Lanka and on its genuine challenges, to this Council next year.

"Sri Lanka takes this opportunity to appreciate the efforts of the members of the Core-Group, and thank all Members of this Council for supporting a consensus outcome today," he concluded.


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