US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal will hold talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera tomorrow, the Foreign Ministry said today.
Biswal is due in the country on a short visit and she is expected to discuss the war crimes report on Sri Lanka which is to be made public in Geneva next month.
Biswal is to be accompanied by a group of US State Department officials for the discussions with the Government, during her visit.
The report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will be posted online ahead of the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva which begins on September 14.
The report was compiled based on evidence and statements submitted by witnesses and others on incidents related to the war.
The draft agenda of the 30th session of the UNHRC notes that the report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights will be submitted by him on September 30, followed by a discussion.
The Government under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has set in motion the mechanism as part of a domestic process to investigate the allegations on the war, in order to meet the expectations of OHCHR ahead of the September UN Human Rights Council session.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein had earlier said he expects mechanisms for accountability and reconciliation to be in place in Sri Lanka ahead of the September session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The newly appointed Government will now look to speed up the process as the international community place hope on the Government to ensure accountability. (Colombo Gazette)