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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 6.15 GMT

Sri Lanka against airing unauthenticated video at UN session


Sri Lanka has protested against allowing an unauthenticated Channel-4 documentary titled ‘No fire Zone: The killing fields of Sri Lanka’ to be screened on the sideline of the United nations Human Rights Council sessions commenced today in Geneva.

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has expressed Sri Lanka's opposition to airing the documentary made by the Britain's Channel 4, titled "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka," on the sidelines of the UN session.

He has told the UNHRC President in a letter that airing of the discredited, uncorroborated and unsubstantiated video could be a violation of UN charter.

"The timing and the venue of this screening clearly demonstrates that it is aimed at influencing the debate in the council on Sri Lanka," he said.

He said the film contained morphed and diabolical material aimed at undermining the process of reconciliation between Tamils and the nation's ethnic Sinhalese majority.

Sri Lanka strongly rejected the video as "concocted lies, half-truths and speculations" to embarrass the country at the UNHRC session.


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