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Govt. Ready To Consider If UN Panel Requests

Dec 18, 2010 10:57:24 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The government today (18) said that it was ready to consider if a request is made by the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts to visit Sri Lanka to meet the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Bandula Jayasekara has told the media today that the government would consider if a formal request is made by the UN Panel to visit Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the External Affairs Ministry today issued an official statement saying the Government of Sri Lanka has the responsibility to facilitate those desirous of presenting representations, as set out in the mandate of the LLRC.

“Accordingly, in the event of the Panel of the Secretary-General wishing to present representations to the Commission, the Ministry of External Affairs will make the arrangements that are necessary to enable the Panel to do so,” the External Affairs Ministry states.

The Ministry has already conveyed this position through diplomatic channels, to the United Nations in New York.