Samarasinghe says he withdrew from UNHRC delegation

Former Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says he withdrew from the delegation proposed to head to Geneva as President Maithripala Sirisena’s special representatives to attend the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session.

Samarasinghe told Parliament today that he just returned from Geneva after visiting the country on a fact finding missing before the official delegation is sent to Geneva.

He said that at a meeting with the President yesterday he informed the President his intention of not being part of the Government delegation being sent to Geneva.

The Foreign Ministry said earlier 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.

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