UN secretary welcomes UNHRC report on Sri Lanka

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.

In a statement on Thursday, Secretary -General’s spokesperson said: “He hopes that its important recommendations will help support the effort of the people and the Government of Sri Lanka to carve a durable path toward long-lasting peace and stability and respect for human rights, through a genuine and credible process of accountability and reconciliation that meets international standards. The victims of all communities, their families and the Sri Lankan nation itself demand no less than a full and proper reckoning.”

mahinda winnerThe war crimes during Sri Lanka’s final attack on LTTE will come up for discussions at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva on Monday and is expected to bring a resolution to support domestic investigation. The draft report was supported by the US and other core countries.

The Secretary-General was also encouraged by the response of and commitment expressed by the Government of Sri Lanka and the opposition to consult widely with all stakeholders and take meaningful action to address these issues, said the spokesperson.

“Recognizing the courageous strides being made by the country, he urges the government to continue building on this positive momentum and the international community to support Sri Lanka in this regard. In the process, the Secretary-General hopes that Sri Lanka’s efforts will ensure that it will fully secure a peaceful, prosperous future among the family of nations,” said the statement.