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* No decision to withdraw from UNHRC, government clarifies
Sat, Sep 19, 2020, 11:00 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 19, Colombo: Responding to media reports on remarks made by the Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella at the Cabinet Press Briefing on Thursday (17) in relation to the UN Human Rights Council, Director General of Government Information Nalaka Kaluwewa said the government has not taken any decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

“It is observed that the contents of the answer given by Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella in response to a question of a journalist on the statement of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding Sri Lanka and the response of the Permanent Representative to Sri Lanka have been misinterpreted by few media outlets,” Director General of Government Information said in a statement.

He clarified that during the press conference, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella did not mention Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from the UNHRC.

“He only mentioned that Sri Lanka has already taken the necessary steps to withdraw from the co-sponsorship of Resolution 30/1,” Director General of Government Information said.

Sri Lanka withdrew from Resolution 30/1 in February 2020 and informed the UNHRC of the decision during the March session in Geneva.

 

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