Monday, 02 June 2014 - 12:58
No final decision on issuing visa to Koffi Annan; says Government.
The Government stated that it has not yet taken a decision about issuing visa to former UN Secretary General Koffi Annan to visit the country.
Addressing a media briefing held in Kandy yesterday Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the External Affairs Ministry will soon take a final decision with regard to issuing visa to Koffi Annan.
The American backed resolution which demanded an international inquiry into the alleged human rights violations during the war time in Sri Lanka was passed with the majority votes in the Human Rights sessions in Geneva last March.
The international media have reported that the committee of inquiry is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka during the next eight months and former UN Secretary General and Peace Nobel Prize winner Koffi Annan will lead the committee.
UN Human Rights Commissioner Navaneedan Pillai should appoint this committee but the UN has not yet announced its structure of this committee.
But certain media reports stated that 13 members may be included in the committee.
Answering journalists in Kandy yesterday Minister Rambukwella said that the government has not agreed to any condition laid by Navaneedan Pillai in her report.