United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s report on Sri Lanka calling for an international probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, is highly politicized and unsubstantiated, said Presidential Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake.
“Her findings about the armed conflict in Sri Lanka are based on the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts Report or the Darusman Report, which is not even a valid UN document,” Samaranayake explained.
The report was issued on February 24, days ahead of the UNHRC sessions even as the US was preparing its third consecutive resolution against Sri Lanka with heavy support from the UK, to put additional pressure on Sri Lanka.
“Above all they have not furnished any evidence as regards these war crime allegations so that the Government could investigate them in conformity with its justice system,”he said.
Samaranayake said, External Affairs Minister Prof G.L .Peiris will present Sri Lanka’s case in regard to what the Sri Lankan Government has done in implementing recommendations in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 5.
“Prof Peiris is due to make his presentation to the Council for 20 minutes,” he said. The President’s Special Envoy on Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe will also be in the delegation.
Minister Peiris is currently in Myanmar to attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Mullti-Sectoral Technical and Economic Corporation (BIMSTEC). Prof. Peiris will travel to Geneva on March 4 to lead the Sri Lankan delegation at the UNHRC sessions.
As it stands the US will present its third resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions. “The Sri Lankan delegation to the UNHRC is ready to counter their arguments on a firm footing with facts and figures, Prof Peiris said.
Meanwhile, the Government has rejected outright UN Human Rights Commissioner Pillay’s call for an international inquiry into the allegations of human rights violations and accountability issues during the latter part of the war.
Asked about chances of Sri Lanka winning the vote on the US-sponsored resolution at the Council, Samaranayake said there will be a lot of support for the Government in this aspect.
“The reason for this is that the international community has been made aware about what the Government has done to restore democratic and political stability in the country after it had ended terrorism, how we held elections in the war affected Northern Province , knowing very well who the winners will be, how we developed infrastructure in these areas, the demining and the resettlement process that is in final stages,” he said.