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Thursday, 04 October 2012 - 12:49
UN prepares to reduce human rights activities in Sri Lanka
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The UN said that the operational role of the UNHCR in Sri Lanka will be phase down for many of the reasons.

Responding to a statement by Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres also stated that "the operational role of the UNHCR in Sri Lanka will be phased down for many of the reasons that were elaborated upon in the Ambassador’s statement".

He said the "UNHCR will continue to be committed to supporting voluntary repatriation of some of the refugees of Sri Lanka from India, as well as with the resettlement of the remainder of the internally displaced in their places of origin.

Meanwhile, addressing the 63rd Session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Aryasinha said that "in contrast to the considerable difficulty and gloom in the humanitarian crises that continue to engulf many parts of the world today, Sri Lanka’s recent achievements provides confidence and hope.

In his address he detailed the considerable progress made over a little over three years - in IDP resettlement, de-mining, re-integration of ex-LTTE combatants, the shrinking of the high security zones, increase of economic growth in the northern province and operationalization of LLRC recommendations.

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