Foreign Minister to head Sri Lanka delegation to Geneva

The Government has picked a high-level delegation to be sent to Geneva to respond to the report on Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Consideration of the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ will take place at the ongoing 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 20 March 2019, while the draft resolution on Sri Lanka on the same theme, which Sri Lanka has signed up to co-sponsor, is scheduled to be taken up on 21 March 2019.

The Foreign Ministry said that following consultations held with President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana among others, it was decided that a Sri Lanka Government delegation from Colombo will participate in the discussions.

Accordingly, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will lead the delegation which will include Parliamentarian Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Governor of the Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Deputy Solicitor General A. Nerin Pulle.

They will be joined by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva A.L.A. Azeez, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Samantha Jayasuriya, and other relevant officials of the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette)

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