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Maldives UN envoy backs Lanka

Aug 24, 2011 2:56:36 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Maldives Ambassador to the UN Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed says the UN should take a more comprehensive review of what has happened in Sri Lanka, rather than concentrate on the last few days.

Speaking on the Maldives’ position on the UN report detailing war crimes in the closing days of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Ghafoor said he did not think the matter would create friction with the Maldives’ neighbour.

“I do not see the government having any issues at this stage with the Sri Lankan government,” he said.

“[Maldives President Naseem] has stated that we would like to see the UN take a more comprehensive review of what has happened in Sri Lanka, rather than concentrate on the last few days. This could skew the whole issue. So we do not see our memberships of the Human Rights Council making it difficult for us to have good relations with Sri Lanka or speak on issues of sensitivity. I think as good friends Maldives can speak very frankly with Sri Lanka and I’m sure they would happy to listen to our views.” (Minivan news)