The External Affairs Minister has said that the Ban Ki-moon Committee has not been appointed by the United Nation and the Government will not endorse the baseless report. Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris made this clarification at a media briefing in Colombo today.
The Minister said that this is not a committee appointed by the United Nations. As such it has no official or institutional existence. He said that the printing of a report put forward by such a committee is not acceptable. The Government wished to emphatically state that implementing any recommendations of this committee is improper. They wished to tell the UN Secretary General not to take any action on this report.
The Minister pointed out that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission appointed by the Sri Lankan Government was gathering information countrywide. He said they were surprised to note the Ban Ki-moon Committee levelling accusations before the release of the report.
The Minister queried as to how the Ban Ki-moon panel can put forward recommendations before the release of the report of the Sri Lankan Commission. It is totally incorrect. It was against the international laws.
Sri Lanka as a member country of the United Nations, has embarked on a successful journey routing terrorism. The Minister underlined that the onus of the United Nation should be to support the Government and not obstruct its path.
The country has overcome a very difficult period and an environment being created for all communities to live peacefully. The Minister opined that it is very pathetic to note such obstacles being placed at this juncture. Sri Lanka is a founding member of the United Nation. As such, the Minister underlined that no one had the authority to belittle local customs, traditions and institutions. He pointed out that the Sri Lankan Government wished to announce that understanding this truth, the United Nations as well as the international community should come forward to do something good for the island overcoming hindrances.
Deputy Minister Neomal Perera and Foreign Secretary Karunatilake Amunugama were present at the news briefing.