Former President and current Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, Chandrika Kumaratunga Bandaranaike (CBK) says accusations of human rights violations during the conflict in Sri Lanka must be addressed.
She was speaking at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly focused on UN, Peace and Security at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The former President relayed her country’s experience in years following what she called “a very destructive war”.
The opposition had been crushed, she said, but the country did not win peace because the Government did not undertake a peacebuilding process. After a change of Government, however, the two major political parties were brought together through a common vision. “This makes things very easy,” she said. “Military means are not sufficient to end a conflict,” she stressed. Deep-rooted causes must be dealt with. In Sri Lanka’s case, accusations of human rights violations during the conflict also had to be addressed.
She said that for those reasons, a reconciliation mechanism had been set up working very closely with United Nations agencies.