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Friday, 14 March 2014 - 8:12
Video : Today SL; tomorrow another NAM country will be the target; Minister Mahinda Samarasingha states in Geneva.
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Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe has said Sri Lanka’s opposition to the Resolution being moved by the US, UK and a few other countries against Sri Lanka was a fight on a matter of principle and that Sri Lanka would not compromise on it.

Noting that what is happening to Sri Lanka today, could happen to any other Non Aligned Movemnet country tomorrow, Minister Samarasinghe called upon all Non-Aligned Movement member states to continue to show solidarity with Sri Lanka.   

Minister Samarasinghe made these observations when he addressed the Permanent Representatives and delegates of the cross regional Non-Aligned Group in Geneva, on the sidelines of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council yesterday.

The Minister who had earlier this week addressed the Asia –Pacific Regional Group of Member and Observer States and the Latin American Group of Countries in Geneva, said Sri Lanka over the years was a country that had continued to engage with the international community and needed no Resolutions encouraging it to do so.

He underlined the commitment of the Government of Sri Lanka to achieve comprehensive reconciliation.

It was in order to achieve this objective, the Minister said, that Sri Lanka was requesting the cooperation of the international community, especially the western nations which have a large number of Sri Lankans domiciled in their countries, for their cooperation.

The Minister said that while Sri Lanka has continued to demonstrate its cooperation with the UN and the international community through its bilateral and multilateral engagements, it was disappointing to note that the country had been singled out through this Resolution.

The Minister added that the country has its own domestic mechanisms to reach reconciliation and has continued to show progress and constructive engagement.

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