Keep away from SL's internal affairs- ex AG
There is no room for any country to walk around Sri Lanka as they
like and investigate its internal affairs, said former Attorney General
He said this when asked about the possibility of a UN fact finding
team being sent to Sri Lanka prior to a pre-arranged visit to be made by
United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Navaneetham Pillay.
Mohan Peiris PC
"The government of Sri Lanka has extended an invitation to United
Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navaneethan Pillay to visit Sri Lanka
to observe its post-war development and reconciliation efforts. The
government has not extended any invitation to any fact finding mission,"
said Mohan Peiris.
"The government had extended this invitation to Pillay last year. It
has no bearing whatsoever with the US resolution," he explained.
UN Human Rights Commissioner had reportedly requested the government
to send her officers for a fact finding mission.
Mohan Peiris said, if Mrs Pillay sends these officers for her
logistical support and for her security concerns, it could be taken into
"If they wish to offer technical assistance they can do so in
consultation and with the concurrence of the government," he said.
Asked if it was possible for a UNHRC team to pay a visit to Sri Lanka
in view of the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka, which will take
place in November this year, Peiris said that under the
Institution-building of the United Nations Human Rights Council such
action is impossible.
" Nobody can send teams to investigate affairs of another country for
it interferes with that country's sovereignty," he pointed out.
India , Berlin and Spain have been appointed as the three countries
in the troika for the review of Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human
Rights' Universal Periodic Preview process. All three countries in the
troika have voted against Sri Lanka at the 19th sessions of UNHRC in
support of the US backed resolution requiring the government to
implement the recommendation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconcilation
Commission report. Senior Minister D E W Gunasekera said no one in the
government would object UN Human Rights Commissioner Navaneetham
"But if she is going to be the judge of Sri Lanka's human rights
situation, one must not forget that she is also a complainant against
Sri Lanka's human rights situation," he said.
"How can a complainant be allowed to be the judge of the same
complaint?" he asked. We asked the UN office whether or not UN Human
Rights Commissioner Pillay would visit Sri Lanka as she had announced a
few months ago. A UN officer said she was not in a position to say
anything about it.