Sri Lanka president meets UN political chief

EconomyNext – Jeffrey Feltman, the visiting United Nations head of political affairs, held talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday as part of the UN’s efforts to assess the new government’s stand on war crimes charges.

Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, is a former American diplomat and is in Sri Lanka for a four-day visit, a UN statement said.

He will be meeting senior officials of the government, political parties, and civil society groups, "to discuss various issues of mutual concern."

The visit comes in the wake of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) decision to delay a report into alleged human rights violations during the conflict in Sri Lanka for six months until September 2015.

Sirisena’s new government has promised a robust domestic inquiry into the allegations.

The UN has said it will closely assess Sri Lanka’s planned domestic accountability mechanism into alleged abuses during the 30-year ethnic war.


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