Mangala asserts no agreement to implement Zeid’s report

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says Sri Lanka has not agreed to implement the recommendations on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

The recommendations were in a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March this year.

Samaraweera said that the Government had only agreed to a Resolution on Sri Lanka and the Resolution did not include the recommendations of Ra’ad Al Hussein.

He said Sri Lanka had refused to agree to an international investigation on the war and instead pushed for a domestic mechanism.

The former Foreign Minister said that in March, 48 countries backed Sri Lanka’s proposal through the Resolution submitted to the UN Human Rights Council.

He said that countries like Russia and China supported the efforts being taken by the current Government to address the human rights issue.

Samaraweera also said that some elements in the military could harm the image of the security forces and action must be taken against those elements.

The joint opposition submitted a motion in Parliament warning that the Geneva Resolution was a threat to the country’s sovereignty.

However Samaraweera said the motion was misleading. (Colombo Gazette)