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UN must act says Canada

Sep 27, 2011 8:27:50 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Canada has criticized the failure by the United Nations to take action against some countries including Sri Lanka.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told the UN General Assembly that the UN has failed to act on Sri Lanka despite “credible” allegations of war crimes.

Baird, who had only last week met with Minister G.L. Peiris in New York, told the UN General Assembly yesterday (Monday) that the UN must put its words to deeds.

At the meeting with Minister G.L. Peiris last week Baird discussed a broad range of subjects, including the Commonwealth, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Minister Baird urged Sri Lanka to advance a process of reconciliation and expressed concerns over lack of accountability and a growing trend toward authoritarianism in that country.

He also reiterated Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s concerns about Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2013.

Minister Baird said he supports calls for an independent investigation into credible allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights committed by both sides of the conflict in Sri Lanka.