Sri Lankaís permanent representative in Geneva Tamara Kunanayakam urged the proponents of the resolution to constructively engage with Sri Lanka, both bilaterally and multilaterally, in a spirit of cooperation without resorting to action within the Council which is unnecessary and unwarranted and would adversely impact the reconciliation process.
She was responding to references made by Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Belgium, France and Japan under agenda four of the General debate of the United Nations Human Rights Councilís 19th session in Geneva yesterday.
Sri Lanka urged the Council not to initiate action in contravention of the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and the Declaration of Principles of International Law concerning friendly relations and cooperation among states in accordance with the Charter.
She reiterated that the Sri Lanka's position that the report of the United Nations Secretary General's Panel of Experts was the culmination of a private consultation and is not the product or a request of the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly or any other UN body. Sri Lanka stressed that its mandate did not extend to fact finding or investigation and the assertions set out in the report remain unsubstantiated.