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Friday, 07 March 2014 - 8:06
Sri lanka has become a political football in the electoral fortunes of some countries: Minister G L tells Navi Pillai.
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External Affairs Minister Professor G. L. Peiris met United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay yesterday.

During the meeting yesterday Professor Peris said that The highly prejudiced action taken by sections of the international community and the Office of the High Commissioner to give disproportionate attention to Sri Lanka has only made the separatist diaspora Tamil elements and their proxies in the north more intransigent, making the intensely difficult task of reconciliation in Sri Lanka even harder.

He said it was unfortunate that Sri lanka has become a political football in the electoral fortunes of some countries.

He said the High Commissioner was well aware of the important political decisions the Sri Lankan government had taken in the restoration of normalcy to those affected following the conflict, channelling resources to develop the previously conflict affected areas and in September 20, 2013, to enable the holding of the Northern Provincial Council elections.

Minister Peiris drew to the High Commissioner's attention the objections he made to the report submitted by her to the current Human Rights Council sessions where he detailed the lack of objectivity and patent bias evidence in her report which also called for the setting up of an international inquiry mechanism on Sri Lanka.

He said the report was both one sided and politicised.

The minister said it was particularly unfortunate that the High Commissioner should have issued such a report after having the benefit of an extended visit to Sri Lanka where she was given unimpeded access.
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