Sri Lanka human right envoy meets UN Chief to discuss human rights issues

Oct 27, Colombo: Special Envoy of the President of Sri Lanka on Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe met the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York Wednesday for discussions on several key issues.

The meeting was part of the UN’s ongoing dialogue with the Sri Lankan government as a follow up to the Joint Statement of the Secretary-General and President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued on 23 May 2009 during the UN Chief’s visit to Sri Lanka after the end of the war.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the UN Chief has stressed the importance of dealing with accountability issues in the context of national reconciliation following the end of the armed conflict with Tamil Tiger terrorists.

According to a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s office, yesterday’s discussion also touched on the importance of an inclusive national dialogue aimed at achieving genuine political reconciliation, as well as ongoing progress with regard to recovery and resettlement efforts in the North.

The Sri Lankan envoy has apprised the UN Secretary-General of the progress achieved in protecting human rights and assured that the government is committed to protect human rights of all communities in the country.

The Minister has told the UN Chief that the government is successfully implementing resettlement in the Northern and Eastern provinces with the assistance of the security forces.

He has informed Mr. Ban that the government is developing all areas of the country following the end of the war and the government is in talks with the minority parties to achieve a political solution.

The Sri Lankan Minister was in New York attending the meetings of the Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee (Third Committee) of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly currently being held in New York.

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