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Tuesday, 28 February 2012 - 7:56
Minister GL replies Desmond Tutu.
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Minister of External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris has sent a reply to a request made by South African Religious and Political Activist Desmond Tutu.

Archbishop Tutu had raised questions regarding human rights violations that took place during the war in Sri Lanka.

The Elders Foundation which is headed by Bishop Tutu had sent a letter to the UN Human Rights Council requesting for intervention with regards to human rights violation allegations.

In reply to this letter, Minister Prof G L Peiris explained the development activities that have taken place in Sri Lanka during the post-conflict era.

The Minister added that steps have been taken to resettle Internally Displaced Persons while initiating infrastructure development projects in the former centres of conflict, rehabilitation of ex-combatants, and embarking on a process of reconciliation including restorative justice, political and constitutional initiatives.

Prof G L Peiris also added that it is the Government of Sri Lanka which is best placed in evolving a home-grown solution acceptable to all the citizens of the country.

Therefore, internationalizing a domestic issue by any initiative through the Human Rights Council at this point of time would only lead to derailing the ongoing reconciliation process that has been put in place by the Government.

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