Won’t abide by UNHRC resolution: Sri Lanka

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 00:14

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday made it clear that
it will not abide by the UNHRC resolution that censured it
over its human rights record and said it would only implement
"feasible" recommendations of its own panel that probed the
three-decade-long bloody civil war.

"We had taken a decision not to abide by the resolution
irrespective of the result", External Affairs Minister GL
Peiris told reporters.

We would treat it as an interference in the sovereignty
of the country, he said.

He said the countries that voted for Sri Lanka and
abstained at voting had valued the country`s principled stand.

Peiris said the resolution would not cause economic
sanctions on Sri Lanka. "This is no Security Council (UN)
decision".

Answering a question, Peiris said that Sri Lanka felt
that no reply is needed to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh`s recent letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Singh had explained the Indian stance in voting against
Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva
the government was not ready to implement all the
recommendations as suggested by US-led anti-Sri Lankan lobby
at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva recently.

"We would implement only what we accept and consider
feasible," the Island quoted Silva as saying.

He said the government was not bound to reply to India or
any other nation in this regard.

He said the government has decided to continue the
process of implementing the recommendations made by the
Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) without
the participation of the opposition or holding a referendum on
it.

The LLRC report had dismissed allegations that Sri Lankan
troops deliberately targeted civilians during the last phase
of the civil war with the LTTE which ended in 2009.

It also recommended that complaints of isolated, civilian
killings by troops be probed. It also said the vanquished LTTE
committed serious human rights violations.

The government had promised that it would implement the
recommendation of the LLRC.

In the 47-member UN Human Rights Council last week, 24
countries, including India, voted for the US-sponsored
resolution and 15 against it, while eight nations abstained.

The resolution called for expeditious implementation of
Sri Lanka`s own reconciliation commission recommendations.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 23:10

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