Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 13:13
Special South African envoy for reconciliation in Sri Lanka; Ruling African National congress endorses the process.
The ruling African National Congress officially stated that they are ready to support the reconciliation process of the island yesterday.
The Secretary General of the party Gwede Mantashe said in Johannesburg yesterday that they intend to appoint a special envoy for the task.
Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa was in the island in June where discussions were held to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in line with the South African model.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says that a more fundamental and far-reaching accountability process is absolutely necessary to achieve reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
The OHCHR in its oral update on the investigation on Sri Lanka, which will be formally communicated to the UN Human Rights Council at its ongoing regular session tomorrow, while commending the progress the Sri Lankan Government has made in resettlement and reconstruction, highlights the importance of the UNHRC’s continued attention to both the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka, as well as efforts to ensure accountability and reconciliation for human rights violations alleged to have occurred during the conflict.
The Council requested the High Commissioner to present an oral update at its twenty-seventh session and a comprehensive report on the investigations at its twenty-eighth session.
Meanwhile it is reported that External Affairs Minister G.L. Peries who is now in New York to participate in the UN General Assembly expects to meet the new Human Rights Commissioner.
The venue of the meeting between the two is yet to be announced.
Meanwhile President Mahinda Rajapaksa who left for the U.S. to participate in the UN General Assembly arrived in New York last night.
President Rajapaksa will participate in the Climate Conference today and he will address the UN General Assembly tomorrow.