President to ask UN to not pressure Sri Lanka; pipe water to North
ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena said he will send three emissaries to the United Nation Human Rights Commission, to request that it not pressure Sri Lanka to conduct war crimes trials but allow peace to strengthen with economic problems to be solved.
"I want to ask the UN not to pressure us, but allow us to solve the problem, without rehashing old wounds," Sirisena told reporters in Colombo.
Sirisena said he wanted to save soldiers from war crimes trials and in any case there were no specifics in a report that was compiled.
The people in former war torn areas in the North and East were suffering with joblessness, lack of water, and also a growing drug problem, he said.
As part of a broader effort to supply water to the North, a pipeline was being designed to take water from the Ratnapura and Kegalle districts, which are often flooded, up to the north.
"We hope to get foreign aid for the project," he said. (Colombo/Mar06/2019-SB)