President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s special human rights envoy, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says he is ready to go to Geneva for the UN Human Rights Council session which begins tomorrow if the need arises.
Samarasinghe says so far he has not been asked to go and the Sri Lankan Mission in Geneva will handle the responses on behalf of Sri Lanka.
He said that officials from the Attorney General’s Department will be in Geneva to assist the Sri Lankan Mission headed by Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinghe.
“Over the past seven years when it was required I had gone to Geneva as the delegation head. So far I have not been asked this time but even if the President tells me tomorrow I am ready to go,” he said.
Samarasinghe also noted that External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris had already responded on behalf of the government to the concerns raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at the end of her visit to Sri Lanka.
He said that once Pillay submits her oral statement on Sri Lanka at the 24th Human Rights Council session which begins tomorrow the government will respond to it accordingly. (Colombo Gazette)