Counter report on Sri Lanka handed to UN Chief

A report countering allegations raised on Sri Lanka, was handed over to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today, the Innercity Press website reported.

The report was handed over to the UN Chief by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohona and Permanent Representatives from Japan, Bangladesh, Romania and Nigeria.

External Affairs Ministry Karunathilaka Amunugama, when contacted by the Colombo Gazette, said Sri Lankan Ambassadors overseas had been informed to submit reports on Sri Lanka to the respective countries.

However he could not comment on the contents of the report handed over to the UN Secretary General by Dr. Palitha Kohona and the Permanent Representatives from Japan, Bangladesh, Romania and Nigeria.

The UN later released a statement saying:

“The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Tsuneo Nishida, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, together with other representatives (Bangladesh, Nigeria, Romania, Sri Lanka and Columbia University) who participated in a Observation Project visit to Sri Lanka in December 2012.

“As the Chairman of the delegation, Ambassador Nishida presented the report of the Observation Project, which included an assessment of the progress undertaken by the Government of Sri Lanka on post-war issues, including on the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

The Secretary-General recognised the important steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka since the end of the conflict and strongly underlined the need to address the remaining challenges, particularly on issues relating to reconciliation and accountability. He highlighted the important need for the Government to work constructively with the international community toward that end.”