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UN Human Rights Delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka
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It is being reported that a delegation appointed by United Nations Human Rights Chief Navaneethan Pillai is to visit the island in the near future.

The aim of the delegations visit is to provide the Sri Lankan government with the required technical assistance with concern to the recently passed resolution against the country during the Human Rights Council Session in Geneiva.

However various groups were which were highly vocal against the delegations visit intermittently expressed their dissent concerning their arrival in the island.

However according to a spokesperson for the Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs the government had not baulked the delegations visit at an official level.

Under the powers vested by them under the UN mandate the delegation is originally capable of visiting any region in the country & carryout investigations

into any matter.

But the depth of these investigations will be limited according to External Ministry sources.

The Ministry had also noted that the UN delegation was free to visit the country, but delays concerning it's visit have been attributed to deferrals by the Office of the UN Human Rights Commission.

In its resolution the UN Human Rights Commission highlighted the requisite

need for a process of reconciliation within the island subsequent to the closure of the 3 decade old war. Cabinet approval in this regard was also granted with regards to implementing & facilitating such a process.

Meanwhile the British Parliamentary delegation which is currently in Sri Lanka

are currently on a visit to the Hambanthota area today.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs the delegation which arrived in the island recently visited several areas in the Jaffna & Trincomalee districts, while a meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was also crossed over on its itinerary.

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