Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 13:18
We accept SL has challenges, but needs to work with the International Community: UN
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq stated that the UN fully understands the challenges faced by Sri Lanka and the complexity related to post-war processes.
These views were expressed at the daily UN press briefing in New York.
Haq stated that the UN encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to engage constructively with the international community, to strengthen the existing domestic processes in a manner that is inclusive and respectful of human rights and to work towards lasting peace in Sri Lanka.
A question was raised as to whether anyone from the UN is going to speak with the Sri Lankan government, but the Deputy spokesperson did not provide a reply.
Instead he stated that the Secretary General supports the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and commends her attempts to assist Sri Lanka in advancing accountability and reconciliation.
The UN high commissioner for human rights has appointed Sandra Beidas to coordinate an investigation team on Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has said that it would not co-operate with the investigation, but Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights told that Beidas would continue with the investigation.