Government keen on TNA joining PSC

The government says it is keen to work with all parties including the Tamil National Alliance in the Parliamentary Select Committee, as early as possible.

External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris says the Government was keen to continue the political reconciliation process through the most democratic means available, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement today.

The Minister said that the reconciliation process must include restoration of both economic and social wellbeing that would enable affected people to exercise their democratic rights, fully and said that approach of the Government was welcomed by the people on the ground.

He also said that Sri Lanka welcomed constructive engagement with the international community and the support and interest shown by countries involved with Sri Lanka in the post-conflict development process.

The Minister said that 90 member states of the United Nations had spoken at the just concluded Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, and most of them had been very supportive of the approach taken by Sri Lanka in terms of promotion and protection of human rights in the country.

He also highlighted several signal achievements in Sri Lanka this year such as maintaining a high economic growth rate in the country, with the northern province achieving a growth rate of 22 per cent, all internally displaced persons at the conclusion of the conflict being resettled, over 900 Tamil speaking officers being recruited to the Police Force, almost all ex-combatants being rehabilitated and resettled, and the massive infrastructure projects including ports, highways and airports as well as hotels for tourists that were being constructed, with some having reached completion.