Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations office in Geneva Ambassador Ravinath Aryasinha, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Monitoring MP for External Affairs Ministry Sajin Vaas Gunawardena are expected to participate in today’s United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva.
“Sri Lanka will outline its position on the US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka, which is the third of its kind in a row, as an observer of the Council, because Sri Lanka is not a member of the Council this year,” External Affairs Ministry Public Relations Officer Satya Rodrigo said.
“Sri Lanka’s membership to the Council lapsed in 2008,” he said.
External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris is unlikely to participate in today’s (March 26) debate on the Resolution , which will be taken up by the member countries of the UN Human Rights Council. The President’s Special Envoy on Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is also unlikely to attend,” he said.
Presidential Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris presented Sri Lanka’s case in detail at the main segment of the Council (UNHRC).
“The country has already explained the progress achieved in the sphere of national reconciliation, de-mining, rehabilitation and resettlement, restoration of normalcy and democracy, development of infrastructure in war-inflicted areas in the Northern Province and how it held elections in those areas in view of the implementation of the recommendations in the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation (LLRC) report,” the Spokesman said.