Prophets of doom will be proved wrong: Lanka

The Sri Lankan government says it is confident that it will be able to prove to all including to present day ‘prophets of doom’ who continue to shift goal posts and apply double standards, that they were wrong with regards to their take on Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha was today quoted by his Embassy as saying the steps taken by the government to address several issues under three years after the war ended is a sufficient body of evidence of both the government’s intent and commitment to deliver.

Aryasinha had told the European Parliament in Brussels that High Security Zones had been reduced by 63%, and with Government investment of US$ 318 million for socio-economic and livelihood development and US$ 700 million for infrastructure development the Northern Province had recorded an economic growth rate of 22%, while Sri Lanka’s economy grew by 8.3%.

He also said that the government believes that the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last month was unnecessary and unwarranted, and could in effect negatively impact the ongoing reconciliation process.

“Given that Sri Lanka would in any case come up for comprehensive discussion during the HRC’s second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in October this year, the haste with which this resolution was sought to be imposed, brings into serious question the motivations of its proponents,” he said.

Aryasinha also said that moves on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC underlines the continuing prejudice against Sri Lanka prevalent among sections of the international community, who regrettably continue to be manipulated by INGOs and particularly the rump elements of the LTTE living abroad and their sympathizers, which are intent on vilifying Sri Lanka.

Observing that with 15 countries voting with Sri Lanka, and 8 countries abstaining, the final result in Geneva was that 23 countries, out of a total of 47 members of the Human Rights Council did not support the resolution, while 24 supported it, Ambassador Aryasinha said the resolution therefore finally became an example of a highly selective and arbitrary process within the HRC, not governed by objective norms or criteria of any kind, the implications of which were not lost on many countries.

“As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, our policy in respect of all matters will continue to be guided by the vital interests and well being of the people of our country, in keeping with accepted legal norms. Sri Lanka remains confident, that as we have done in the past, over time, we will be able to prove to all, including the present day ‘prophets of doom’ who continue to shift goal posts and apply double standards when it comes to Sri Lanka, that they were wrong,” Ambassador Aryasinha said.