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Thursday, 29 March 2012 - 12:20
Sri Lanka should change; says Dayan Jayathilaka
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Sri Lankan Ambassador to France, Dr.Dayan Jathilleka has said that Sri Lanka could learn from Myanmar which has radically changed bringing democratic reforms in the country.

He said that in 2009, Myanmar came under vigorous international pressure over its human rights record and was defeated in a vote brought in the UN Human Right Council.

But, he said, today there is nothing levelled against that country because it is changing.

With defeat in UN Human Rights Council, Myanmar rallied round its neighbours particularly the ASEAN and worked towards improving its human rights record.

Since then, he said, Myanmar has been achieving tremendous and incredible progress towards establishing democratic reforms.

Dr.Jayathilleka said that it was how Myanmar had wisely got out of the trap of the powerful countries.

Ambassador Jayathillka also said that Sri Lanka should take the resolution passed by UNHCR seriously because that would not be the end and those countries which brought it may push it through in the future.

He said it would have long term effects on Sri Lanka as those powerful countries and organisations will use it as a tool and act accordingly.

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