UNP warns government over UNHRC outcome

The opposition United National Party (UNP) has warned that the government will need to take the full responsibility if a situation which is prejudicial to Sri Lanka arises at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, in a special statement today, said that at the UNHRC, an unfavourable situation has arisen for Sri Lanka, not for any other reason, but solely because of the unfulfilled promises given to the international community by the government and its Ministers.

“If at the 22nd sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council a situation which is prejudicial to Sri Lanka arises, the entire responsibility should be borne by the government led by the President, especially Ministers Prof. G.L.Peiris and Mahinda Samarasinghe who participated at last year’s UN General Assembly and the UNHRC sessions promising the international community the sun, moon and stars,” he said.

He also said that if India this time votes against Sri Lanka, it would not be any surprise or wonder and that responsibility should be borne by the government for having promised the sun, moon and stars to the Indian government, leaving them only with yet unfulfilled and false promises.

The UNP said that in May 2009, at the UNHRC sessions, when a Resolution was brought against Sri Lanka, India supported Sri Lanka by voting against the Resolution. However, subsequently, Sri Lankan representatives were still meting unfulfilled promises to India, saying that the 13th Amendment would be fully implemented, and that the Provincial Council elections in the North would be expeditiously held.

“However, since nothing positive has thus far been achieved, interstate trust between the two nations are frayed,” the UNP said.

Attanayake says what is regrettable is that, those who finally have to bear the consequences of all this, are the innocent people who have no idea whatsoever what all this is about. (Colombo Gazette)