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Sri Lanka queries about the UN Advisory Panel

Jun 21, 2010 9:09:30 AM - itnnews.lk

The Media Minister has queried from the UN Secretary General on whose initiative the Advisory Panel on Sri Lanka was being appointed. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said Sri Lanka has appointed a Commission on ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation”.

The Minister said the Government has decided its position on the appointment of a special UN team. He said that the executive has already appointed a Presidential Commission to look into this issue. Sri Lanka is a country that honours democracy. It has a constitution. The administration is composed of a Legislature, an Executive and a Judiciary. While such conditions prevail the country is being degraded by discussing an incident that happened at he last moment, forgetting all atrocities that were committed during the past 30 years. He opined that the victory achieved by the people and the country is being subjected to humiliation. The Minister stressed that there is no change in the Government’s stance on this issue.

Meanwhile participating in a media briefing, Japan’s Special Representative Yasushi Akashi said that the aim of this the Advisory Panel should not be to intervene in the internal affairs of the Commission. Mr. Akashi pointed out that the UN can only provide advice and suggestions during the amendment of the Constitution. He noted that the Government is capable of solving internal problems in Sri Lanka.