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Monday, 14 September 2015 - 17:24
Unofficial discussions with regard to Sri Lanka
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Reports say that several unofficial discussions with regard to Sri Lanka have been organized parallel to UNHRC’s 30th session that began in Geneva in Switzerland yesterday.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are also among the groups for which HRC meeting rooms have been set apart for discussion about Sri Lanka.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera requested to not judge new Sri Lanka by the broken promises and past experiences. 

Addressing the 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva, Minister Samaraweera requested to allow Sri Lanka to build its future on its own hopes and aspirations.

He reiterated the need of patience by the international community in the country’s reconciliation and accountability efforts.

Update: Monday, 14 September 2015 - 17:24
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Update: Don't judge new Sri lanka by the broken promises and past experiences; Says FM Mangala Samarweera in Geneva

Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera requested to not judge new Sri Lanka by the broken promises and past experiences.

Addressing the 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva, minister Samaraweera requested to allow Sri Lanka to build its future on its own hopes and aspirations.

He reiterated the need of patience by the international community in the country’s reconciliation and accountability efforts.

Minister Samaraweera also said that the promises made by the new government to the international community on the accountability and reconciliation would be kept.

Delivering the opening address, Commissioner of UNHRC Seid Al Hussein expressed his views about Sri Lanka.

He said that the report with regard to Sri Lanka would be presented on Wednesday.

Speaking about Sri Lanka, European Union representative said that his Union would continuously assist Sri Lanka in her efforts to improve human rights situation.

In addition, he said that European Union would help Sri Lanka to promote reconciliation and accountability.


Update: Monday, 14 September 2015 - 19:02
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Minister of Foreign Affairs addresses the UN Human Rights Council

In his Statement at the General Debate of the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council Mangala Samaraweera Minister of Foreign Affairs explaining the country’s current stand and future plans to the international community, mentioned that the return of centrists to power in the legislature and the defeat of extremists on both sides and moderates’ regaining of power is an important feature of the election, which is a good sign that predicts progressive reform. He added that equality, justice and freedom is upheld by reconciliation between communities.

He mentioned that the formation of National Unity Government is essential to obtain cross-party consensus to face important challenges before the nation, such as compromise and peacebuilding.

He mentioned that the Parliament upholding good governance practices appointed the TNA leader as Opposition Leader and that that, and the appointment of 44th Chief Justice in January clearly convey that unnecessary considerations as ethnicity, religion, class or gender will not be used to deny anyone their rightful place.

In his speech he stressed that accountability is important to uphold the law and build confidence in the people and that the new government recognizes the importance of judicial and administrative reform in this process.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera concluded his speech by inviting the global community to join hands with Sri Lanka to take meaningful & transformative steps to create a new country. 


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