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UNHRC resolutions: Cabinet nod for withdrawal

ECONOMYNEXT – The cabinet has approved a proposal to withdraw from cosponsoring United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolutions 30/1 and 40/1.

Co-cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena told reporters this morning that Sri Lanka will seek the support of other countries to take the steps necessary to withdraw from the resolutions.

Gunawardena was critical of the previous government’s decision to cosponsor the resolutions.

Former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, he said, had done so despite objection from then-President Maithripala Sirisena in the interest of NGOs and parties supporting the West.

The Minister said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election in November last year was a ringing endorsement from the people of Sri Lanka to “save the country” from such adverse developments that betrayed the troops.

Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena will address parliament today with a detailed explanation of the withdrawal process, he added. (Colombo/Feb20/2020)

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