UN official and President Sirisena hold talks

The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Subinay Nandy, had talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today.

During the meeting Nandi said the UN Secretary General has assured to support the President and the Government of Sri Lanka with the United Nations technical assistance and contributions to advance reconciliation and inclusive development through dialogue for a sustainable solution to the longstanding ethnic grievances.

The President meanwhile said that he will be attending the General debate of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 30th September 2015.

The President reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to all international obligations which it has engaged with and will continue to do so in the future.

The meeting comes as the UN gets set to release a highly controversial report based on investigations conducted on the war in Sri Lanka.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will hold a press conference in Geneva tomorrow to discuss the findings of the report, including recommendations for the way forward.

The OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka was mandated by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 25/1 in March 2014.

The resolution requested the High Commissioner to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders.” (Colombo Gazette)