Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has told the UN Human Rights Council not to be misled by false propaganda of sections loyal to the terrorists. Addressing the 18th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Minister made a lengthy clarification of the factual situation in Sri Lanka.Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Parliamentarian Sajin Vaas Gunawardena are also members of the Sri Lankan delegation. Giving views to ITN, Minister Samarasinghe said that many Asian countries had made a special statement expressing support to Sri Lanka.
The Minister said he received the opportunity of making the second speech to the Council session. It was a fine opportunity as all participants were present. He took action to appraise the Human Rights council about the progress achieved by Sri Lanka after the war and that of the 294,000 displaced civilians only 7000 remained to be resettled. They too would be resettled soon.
The Minister told the Council that no other country had fulfilled such a major task. Reference was made to the 11,600 ex-combatants rehabilitated and action was initiated in respect of the remaining 2700 cadres. The Minister criticised the actions of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay and called on her to be impartial. He strongly pointed out that it was her responsibility to be impartial and treat all countries alike, without creating problems for some nation.
The Minister revealed that Pakistan on behalf of 57 Islamic countries made special mention lauding the measures taken by the Sri Lankan Government and support it. China has also made a statement praising the Sri Lankan Government and called on other countries to extend support. He said that video footage produced by the Defence Ministry was due to be screened for the participants today and thereafter make further clarifications to the participants.