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Domestic and international obligations are ensured in dealing with UN protests

Jul 7, 2010 8:27:16 AM - itnnews.lk

The Government has emphasized that it will ensure domestic and international obligations when dealing with UN protests.

The Government Information Department was referring to the protest outside the UN complex in Colombo. In a statement it said that at the domestic level, Sri Lanka being a democratic society, the Government had to respect the entitlement to voice opinion, including through peaceful demonstrations. Accordingly, the Police permitted a peaceful gathering in front of the complex. The Government was also absolutely mindful of its international obligations and so the Police authorities deployed adequate strength and remained vigilant, to ensure the safety of the UN complex and of the personnel within it.

The Government of Sri Lanka expects that the UN complex in Colombo would continue to function as normal in the days ahead. The statement further said that the Government understood that those who are demonstrating intend to continue with their protest, until the UN system revisits the matter of the Panel on Sri Lanka. At the same time, the freedom of entry and exit to and from the complex for authorized personnel will remain constant.