External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has said that the Darusman Report is legally, morally and substantially flawed. He highlighted some of the fundamental deficiencies, inherent prejudices and malicious intentions that characterize the Report.
The Minister said these flaws pertain not only to the contents of the Report, but also to the methodology followed in arriving at its conclusions. The External Affairs Minister was briefing the Colombo-based diplomatic corps at the Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo yesterday.
The Minister reiterated that the Government of Sri Lanka is clearly resolved to continue its cooperation with the United Nations. As correctly pointed out by the UN Secretary-General, primacy should be accorded to the domestic process underway.
The Darusman Report refers to many issues which are alleged to have occurred in Sri Lanka and which are currently subject to a domestic process. The conclusions of the externally constituted Darusman Panel working from New York should not take precedence over the conclusions, still awaited, of the domestic process.
In a parallel process, Minister Peiris said the Government has also initiated discussions with elected representatives of the Tamil community with a view to arriving at a long-term political solution. This process will address both the immediate post-conflict humanitarian issues, as well as the need to evolve appropriate political and constitutional arrangements.
Minister Peiris requested Sri Lanka’s friends in the international community to assess these facts fairly and in a balanced manner and to give the people of Sri Lanka the opportunity to reach their full potential in a peaceful, stable, prosperous and united country. Based on the mandate of the people at local, provincial, national and Presidential levels, the Government is working confidently towards achieving these objectives.