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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 5.03 GMT
Thailand supports SL's home-grown process for national reconciliation


Sri Lanka should be given enough time to complete its domestic process for national reconciliation, Thailand said.

Thailand, one of the 47 members of the UNHRC has said that the Council should take into account the views of countries concerned and the efforts they have made when making decisions.

Addressing the High level Segment of the 19th session Monday, Thailand's Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has said that in Thailand's view the Council should pursue further efforts to enhance a cooperative approach, particularly on country situations and make use of the available tools in a discerning manner.

The Council should allow adequate time to exhaust domestic remedies and engage them in the whole deliberation process, he has said.

Sri Lanka has made considerable advances towards reconciliation and sustainable development after years of strife, the Thai envoy has pointed out.

"We view that Sri Lanka's home-grown process should be prioritized to address the remaining issues," he has said.

"We thus support the Sri Lankan Government's voluntary engagement with the international community. We also value its efforts to consider how to best implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC)," Thailand has declared.

Portugal, which is not currently a member of the Council, recognized the LLRC report saying that it included important, constructive elements and encouraged the Sri Lankan government to implement its recommendations.

Following the address to the Council on Monday President's Special Envoy for Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said the reaction to his speech has been very positive and Sri Lanka has received support from several member states.





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