The United Nations (UN) says it will be carefully assessing developments related to the domestic accountability mechanism in Sri Lanka.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon, said that Ban had encouraged the Government to engage continuously with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
Haq was responding to a question on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) decision to defer a report on Sri Lanka which was to be submitted to the Council during its 28th session next month, to September.
“First of all, in terms of the next steps, the Secretary‑General is aware that the new administration is planning to set up a domestic accountability mechanism and will be carefully assessing developments,” Farhan Haq said.
He recalled that the Secretary‑General met with the Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera last Friday and stressed the importance of Sri Lanka to show firm and clear commitment to accountability, reconciliation and human rights.
“Advancing accountability, like other parts of the post-war agenda in Sri Lanka, will lay the basis for the country to make further progress on peace, democracy and development. The UN remains committed to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to address the postwar agenda,” he added.
He also noted that the Secretary‑General is aware of reactions from various communities to the decision by the Human Rights Council, and that the Secretary‑General will positively engage with the new Government and support its efforts. (Colombo Gazette)