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Sunday, 27 May 2012 - 13:19
UNHRC representative's entry to Sri Lanka left in doubt.
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The external Affairs Ministry states that the UNHRC team would only be able to visit the country upon having exclusively obtained the consent of the Sri Lankan Government.

The visit of such a delegation is conveyed in a May 14 letter which the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navaneethan Pillay has sent to the Ministry of External Affairs.

She has said that such a visit would take place in July.

The government is to take up the position that the visit of such a delegation would not be acceptable since Sri Lanka was not a party to the adoption of the UNHRC resolution.

Hence any visit by UN officials with matters related to the UN resolution would not be welcomed by the Government.

In the light of this, there is still uncertainty over an impending visit to Sri Lanka by Navaneethan Pillay.

This is on the grounds that the Government is unwilling to discuss any issues related to the UN resolution.

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