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Sri Lanka hoping India will support it at the Human Rights Council in Geneva

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka believes that India will stand with the right group and will support our country at the Human Rights Council, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.

Speaking to reporters at the cabinet briefing held this morning, he said that the government expresses its displeasure with the way in which the Human Rights Commissioner reported about Sri Lanka because it is completely false.

Sri Lanka faces a tough resolution against it which accuses the country of war crimes with threats to take those responsible to the International Courts and impose targeted sanctions against allegedly responsible officials.

Sri Lanka has rejected the facts presented in the report produced by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

He added that it is reasonable to set aside these war crime allegations when compared with the relief brought to the children and families in the north from the crimes committed by the LTTE towards the end of the war.

“We are grateful to China, Russia and other countries for speaking on behalf of us after realizing the reality. We think that our neighbouring friend India will not be a part of that injustice, because we have presented many facts about it,” he said.

Further, he said in 2015, then foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera went and pledged to investigate whether Sri Lankan forces engaged in criminal activities, “I suppose that’s the worst thing that happened in international relations so far as the Human Rights Commission is concerned. So we are undoing that,” he added.

Moreover, when asked whether the withdrawal from Tripartite agreements regarding the East Container Terminal of Colombo Port will affect the decision of the support Indian government at Human Rights Council, the Minister said that India has never mentioned about a jetty in their statements at the Council session and they only talked about the 13th amendment which they initiated.

“We don’t think that they will take up these commercial issues when it comes to international relations,” he said, (Colombo/March02/2021)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe





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