Friday, 24 January 2014 - 7:59
Presidential Secretary meets Navneethan-pillai: explains about the country's reconciliation.
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga who briefed Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday regarding ‘Progress in the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka’, has said the Government of Sri Lanka has done all that was humanly possible to implement the recommendations of the National Plan of Action on the implementation of the LLRC, since its approval by the Cabinet of Ministers in July 2012.
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He elaborated on key progress, including the successfully concluded Northern Provincial Council elections, the Government's cooperation with the Chief Minister in continuing the massive development effort that had been undertaken in the area, developments relating to the Commission of Inquiry into alleged disappearances which recently held its first public sittings in Killinochchi.
Noting Sri Lanka's continued cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Lalith Weeratunga said since the visit of the High Commissioner to Sri Lanka in August 2013, at the Government's invitation, the Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons had visited Sri Lanka in December 2013 and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants is scheduled to visit in May 2014.
Prior to the briefing to Member States, Lalith Weeratunga also met with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navaneethem Pillay and updated her on developments that had taken place since her visit to Colombo in August 2013.
He also had discussions with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres at the UNHCR and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer, on ongoing collaboration between Sri Lanka and their respective organizations.