Pillay’s visit fully approved (Audio)

The government says it has no objects to the visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay as she is in the country on an invitation extended by the government.

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that some members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) may have different views but the government position on Pillay’s visit is sound and clear.

Earlier today National Freedom Front leader and Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa said there were concerns over Pillay’s visit.

“There is a problem on whether she is working with transparency,” Weerawansa told reporters in Colombo. “In Trincomalee yesterday, she secretly met some people, who were not in the normal schedule. She is also scheduled to meet some people who are critical of the country. So our view is she is not going to submit a fair report (to the UN),” a Reuters report quoted Weerawansa as telling reporters today.

Rambukwella said the government respects the views of its alliance members and will deal with any issues if they arise later.

“As a government our stand is very clear. She can go anywhere and talk with anyone,” Rambukwella said. (Colombo Gazette)

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