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Robert Blake says UN Panel has no judicial role

Jul 22, 2010 1:29:06 AM - itnnews.lk

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake has said that the UN panel on Sri Lanka is only an advisory panel. He emphasized that it does not have an investigatory or judicial role of any kind.

Addressing the media following his meeting with President Rajapaksa, he said the US believes the UN panel can play an important advisory role with Sri Lanka’s Commission.

Responding to the queries at a media conference on the tussle between Sri Lanka and the UN, Blake said he is pleased to see that the Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne is back in the country and tension reducing.

The former Ambassador to Sri Lanka said President Rajapaksa understands the need for power sharing and is moving forward.

With the Sri Lankan President’s victory and the equally strong parliamentary victory following the defeat of LTTE last year, Sri Lanka has a unique opportunity to forge a lasting peace and prosperity after decades of war.

Welcoming the defeat of LTTE, Blake said achieving reconciliation is a key element of peace and one part of achieving reconciliation will be to finish resettling all internally displaced personas as soon as possible.

Another key part of reconciliation, he said was to ensure accountability for past wrongs. He asserted that the US will continue to be Sri Lanka’s partner in all of these endeavors.