Diplomatic community briefed on current developments:
Is UNHRC’s pursuit against Sri Lanka warranted? – Minister Peiris
External Affairs Minister Prof G.L.Peiris said that no acts of
terrorist violence had been committed in Sri Lanka after terrorism was
eradicated in 2009 and asked the Ambassadors in New Delhi, whether the
situation in Sri Lanka warranted a relentless pursuit through the UN
Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
The Minister briefed the Delhi based diplomatic community on the
current developments in Sri Lanka on his recent visit to India for
bilateral discussions with his counterpart Salman Khurshid ahead of the
cricual Geneva Human Rights sessions. The Minister accompanied by
Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and Sri Lanka’s High
Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam met envoys of 82 countries, resident in
New Delhi who are currently accredited to Sri Lanka.
Referring to the resolutions on Sri Lanka that were moved in the UN
Human Rights Council in 2012 and 2013, the Minister told the gathering
that the United States hopes to table a Resolution on Sri Lanka again
during the forthcoming UNHRC sessions next month. He called upon the
Ambassadors to reflect objectively on the situation in Sri Lanka and its
achievements during the past four years with the end of terrorism and
protested against the selective manner in which Sri Lanka was treated at
the UNHRC sessions by certain members.
The Minister said that the Commonwealth Heads of Government and the
Ministers who attended CHOGM last year were impressed by the
infrastructure, the thriving economy recording 7.8 percent growth and
remarkable social progress. Apart from the 53 countries of the
Commonwealth, 87 countries participated in the Commonwealth Business
Forum which preceded CHOGM 2013.
Referring to the cessation of violent acts of terrorism since the
defeat of the LTTE in 2009, Minister Peiris said that had terrorism
continued, the country would not have achieved the economic and social
progress it is witnessing at present. “Terrorism would have destabilised
not only Sri Lanka but the region as well,” he said.
He said the international community must take into account the
dignified reintegration of 14,300 ex-cadres, the massive infrastructure
development in the North and the East and holding
Provincial Council elections in the North among other things while
urging the diplomatic community to reflect objectively on these
exceptional achievements after terrorism was eliminated.