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Government opposes UN Expert Panel

Jun 23, 2010 6:59:57 AM - itnnews.lk

The Government has strongly opposed the appointment, by the UN Secretary General of a Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka

the External Affairs Ministry said Sri Lanka was ravaged by terrorism for over 30 years. After a long and difficult struggle the Government successfully rid the country of terror. It is in the process of rebuilding the lives of her people. The External Affairs Ministry in a statement said that as an important part of this process the President has appointed a Commission on “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation” under the Commissions of Inquiry Act. The Government is confident that the Commission would make a most significant contribution to the further strengthening of national amity, through a process of restorative justice.

Sri Lanka is a sovereign state with a robustly independent. The Government has consistently promoted and protected human rights. Indeed, this has been explicitly acknowledged by legitimate UN organs.

Sri Lanka regards the appointment of the Sri Lanka– Panel of Experts as an unwarranted and unnecessary interference with a sovereign nation. This interference, moreover, has potential for exploitation by vested interests hostile to the process of reconciliation taking place in Sri Lanka.