UN Secretary General says he cannot decide on postponing Genevan report on Sri Lanka

Saturday, 14 February 2015 - 14:06

Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and U.N. diplomatic sources said he pressed the Sri Lankan government's desire to delay the release of a U.N. report on alleged crimes during the country's war.

In their meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Ban Ki-moon discussed "critical priorities for Sri Lanka, including especially human rights, accountability and reconciliation".

The U.N. readout of the meeting said nothing about Colombo's desire for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein to delay the March 25 release of the war crimes report.

Minister Samaraweera said in Washington earlier this week that the situation at home was fragile and is therefore seeking to delay the scheduled release of the U.N. Human Rights Council report.

For his part Ban, made clear this was an issue for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.