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Government emphasizes that no mention is made of an advisory panel in the Joint statement

Jul 13, 2010 7:50:27 AM - itnnews.lk

The government says there is no mention in a May 2009 joint statement issued by President Rajapaksa and UN Chief Ban ki-Moon forming an advisory panel on Sri Lanka’s accountability issues.

It says in a statement the only reference to human rights issues made in the last paragraph of the statement calls for the Government to take measures. It does not refer to the formation of any outside Commission.

The relevant section in the 11-paragrah joint statement says, “Sri Lanka reiterated its strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations. The Secretary General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The Government will take measures to address those grievances.”

The government says the joint statement refers to UN chief’s call for a ‘common humanitarian action plan’, but that is for the sole purpose of supporting “the relief, shelter and humanitarian needs of those in IDP sites.”