‘China, Pak back Lanka at UN Human Rights Council’

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 00:31

Colombo: China and Pakistan have backed Sri
Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council as Colombo sought to
prevent the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s special panel
report from being discussed at the session on Monday.

Plantation Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe who heads the
government delegation at the 18th session of the UN Human
Rights Council, told the state owned – Lakhanda - radio on the
telephone that China and Pakistan had spoken in support of Sri
Lanka.

"Pakistan pledged their support on behalf of the Islamic
nations numbering 54 while China was also strong in their
backing. The Maldivian president is also here in support of
us," Samarasinghe was quoted as saying.

Sri Lanka was aiming to prevent the UN chief`s special
panel report, which was issued in April and accused both the
government and the LTTE of war crimes, from being taken up at
the council session that began today.

Colombo dismissed the panel report as pro-LTTE
propaganda by the vested interests in Western countries backed
by the pro-LTTE elements.

The minister said Sri Lanka outlined its progress made in
the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement at the end
of the war with the LTTE which ended two years ago.

"In a short period of two years there is only a 7000 of
the 294,000 internally displaced people left to be
resettled. While we had rehabilitated a majority of 11,600
LTTE suspects we have ensured better living conditions to
everyone," Samarasinghe said.

He said later in the day they were hoping to screen a
video documentary compiled by the government in response to
the documentary by UK?s Channel 4 TV which showed
visuals of serious rights abuses committed by the government
troops against the LTTE.

The documentary "lies agreed upon" claimed to show the
real visuals of government soldiers coming under torture and
harassment of the LTTE members.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 00:31

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