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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 - 19:24
Video : Update : TNA requests Australia to go against Sri Lanka

A meeting is scheduled to take place today between Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris who is taking part in the Human Rights Summit in Geneva and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

Reports state that during the meeting the two parties will also engage in discussions regarding the proposal presented by America.

The Tamil National Alliance has requested the Australia to support the proposal presented by America against Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Summit in Geneva.

This request was made by TNA parliamentarian M. A. Sumandiran when he met with the Australian Minister of External Affairs Julie Bishop.

However, she had not responded directly to this request and Australian Minister of External Affairs Julie Bishop had stated that Australia will take a decision in this regard after considering the facts.

Meanwhile, various ideas are being expressed in the political arena with regard to the Human Rights Summit in Geneva.

Speaking at a meeting held in Ambalanthota yesterday General Secretary of the JVP Tilwin Silva stated that the government has paved the way for America to win the Geneva proposal.

The UNP states that the current government has failed to discuss and solve its issues.

UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera expressed this view while speaking at a press conference held in Colombo.

The JHU, today, responded to the claims made by the opposition, which stated that Sri Lanka cannot be brought before a War Crimes Tribunal as Sri Lanka has not signed the Rome Charter.

Speaking during a press conference held in Colombo today Deputy Secretary of the JHU Udaya Gammanpila stated that the UN has other ways to prosecute a nation for war crimes and that this is the motive of America

Update : Thursday, 06 March 2014 - 7:13 PM

TNA's current stand is an obstacle to permanent peace; Minister G L Peiris says at Geneva sessions.

Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris says that the TNA’s current stand  is an obstacle to Sri Lanka’s stable solution.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said so while addressing yesterday the 25th Human Rights Council Session being held in Geneva.

During the address the Minister said that the Parliamentary Select Committee would continue to function uninterruptedly whether TNA participated in it or not.

Meanwhile Deputy Minister Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara says that the TNA should be banned.

The Deputy Minister said so while participating at a function held at the Galkiriyaagama Civil Defence Forces Headquarters yesterday.

 Update : Thursday, 06 March 2014 - 8:07
We completely reject Navi Pillay's report - Prof. G. L. Peiris addresses Geneva sessions

Addressing the 25th Human Rights Sessions in Geneva today Professor G.L. Peries said that the Sri Lankan Government rejects the report submitted by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navaneedan Pillai on Sri Lanka.

Professor Peries said that the UN Commissioner’s report has contravened accepted UN norms.

During his 15 minute speech to the UN Human Rights session today, Professor Peries said that the Government has no necessity to change the demography of the North.

Having explained the development achievements of the country after ending the war, Professor Peries stressed the Constitutional right of every citizen to live in a place of his or her discretion.

He further said that Sri Lanka condemned the unnecessary interference by the UN Human Rights Commission in its domestic affairs.

Meanwhile a petition against Sri Lanka carrying the signatures of 38 internationally known human rights activists including Desmond Tutu of South Africa has been handed over the UN.

Petitioners have requested the UN to appoint an international commission to investigate human rights issues in Sri Lanka.

It has also stated that a resolution should be passed during the current Geneva sessions with regard to this proposed international commission on Sri Lanka.

The petitioners stated that such a resolution would push Sri Lanka towards achieving reconciliation.

Among the signatories to the petition are TNA Leader MP R. Sampandan, Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and Bishop of Mannar Rayappu Joseph.

Meanwhile Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said that any proposal requesting an international investigation on alleged human rights violation incidents in Sri Lanka is an interference of the country’s internal affairs.

Issuing a communiqué, the Archbishop stated that the LLRC was appointed to look into the grievances of the affected parties.

Meanwhile the Eastern Muslim Citizens Forum is preparing to hand over a letter to all Muslim diplomatic missions in Colombo requesting them to support Sri Lanka during the Geneva Human Rights sessions.

Update : Wednesday, 05 March 2014 - 7:38

UN high Commissioners report as it exceeds its mandate: Minister G L

Minister G L Peris addressing the UN human rights council session stated that Sri lanka rejects UN high Commissioners report as it exceeds its mandate and recommendations are arbitrary, intrusive and of a political nature.
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