Monday, 03 March 2014 - 7:44
UNHRC conference begins today: President to Myanmar
The UNHRC’s 25th session begins in Geneva today.
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It will be held till 28th this month.
While UN Secretary General Baan Ki Moon and UN Human Rights Commissioner Navaneethan Pillai will make its initial statements, the US, UK and Canada too are scheduled to express views today.
These three countries support the resolution submitted against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC session this time.
Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for Myanmar today to participate at the BIMSTEC Summit where leaders of seven Asian States will meet.
President Rajapaksa will also meet with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Myanmar leaders on the sidelines of the sub-regional grouping.
The members of the BIMSTEC grouping which is the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris left the country day before yesterday for Myanmar ahead of President Rajapaksa’s arrival for the two-day official visit.
Professor G L Peiris will then travel to Geneva on the 4th to lead the Sri Lanka delegation at the UN Human Rights Council’s 25th regular sessions.
The Minister will address the UNHRC member States on March 5th and present Sri Lanka’s case.
Sri Lanka’s Special Envoy on Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is also a part of the Sri Lankan delegation to Geneva.