The acting deputy spokesperson for the UN Secretary General, Farhan Haq says the United Nations’ intention is to publish the report, in full and without amendment.
“It is our intention to release it as soon as is possible, and we still would like to publish it simultaneously with a response by the Sri Lankan Government,” Haq has told the media.
“We are still trying to ascertain whether they are willing to avail themselves of this offer,” he has added.
When asked further about why the report has not been published yet, the Spokesperson has said that the United Nations is in talks with the Sri Lankan Government, including through its Permanent Mission to the United Nations, to see whether Sri Lanka would avail itself in good faith of the opportunity to respond to the report.
He has emphasized that the United Nations would issue the report in full. At the same time, it was allowing the involved Member State to exercise its own right to respond.
As to why the report had been written, Haq has recalled that one of the key principles of the agreement reached in 2009 between the Secretary-General and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was to establish accountability.
The Secretary-General named the Panel of Experts in 2010 in order to explore the issue of accountability regarding the Sri Lanka conflict, and the report is the result of the Panel’s work.
Speaking on whether the panel had over stepped its mandate, the Spokesperson has said the report would speak for itself.