A special meeting over signing an MoU over building low cost housing was held between Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa in Colombo today. A letter relating to the signing an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was handed over to the Cuban Foreign Minister at the meeting. The importance of interchanging knowledge of building strong, creative and low cost houses was discussed at length at the meeting.
Minister Weerawansa conveyed his gratitude to Cuba for appearing on behalf of Sri Lanka without any conditions at the UN. Unlike other leading countries who had ‘Under the table demands’ to support the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 by the Sri Lankan forces in Sri Lanka.
Minister also expressed his support to the Cuban government and to the Cuban citizens for their courage in carrying their journey despite sanctions brought against them by the US. Sri Lanka has to learn a lot from Cuba has it faces sanctions similar to Cuba in near future by UN as it refuses to cooprate with the international investigation. Sri Lanka says that NO war crime was done in the battle field by its forces or NO Tamil Civilians were killed in May 2009, but it will hold its own investigation and will not let others investigate its killing of 40,000 Tamil civilians.
The Sri Lankan Government today maintained that its position on the international investigation on Sri Lanka will not change and it also rejected allegations of reprisals against human rights defenders. Speaking during the 27th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council which began in Geneva today. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha said that Sri Lanka is willing to continue its engagement with the international community. However he said the Government rejects the resolution submitted by the United States at the March session which called for the international investigation on the war in Sri Lanka and it will NOT corporate with the international investigators.