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Dinesh decries co-sponsorship of UNHRC resolution

Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena said yesterday the government should have rejected the roll-over resolution at the UNHRC.

Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo yesterday, the MP said the original signatories of the anti-Sri Lanka motion at the UNHRC session in Geneva are no longer there and the motion before the Commission now is being supported by a different group of countries and signatories. Although USA was a key partner initially, it is no longer represented even in the Human Rights Council, he said.

Therefore, the government should have rejected this motion on the basis that it is no longer in the original motion, without seeking an extension of the timeline of Resolution 30/1 of 2015.

Since Lord Naseby has revealed the true figure of civil casualties, the documents referenced by the UN Human Rights Commission are clearly wrong. It was on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena that the Sri Lankan delegation to the UNHRC session included the figures that have been revealed by Lord Naseby, in its presentation, the MEP leader said.

He added that the President sent a delegation with a clear message from the Sri Lankan government that Lord Naseby’s figures should be taken into consideration and therefore the UNHRC motion has no validity because it is based on incorrect facts.

The High Commissioner also discussed the mass grave in Manner alleging that the Army was responsible for it, Gunawardena said.

He said it was fortunate for Sri Lanka that the final report of the radiocarbon dating tests on the bone samples from the Mannar mass grave was released before the submission of the High Commissioner’s report.

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