In Meeting with President Rajapaksa, UNHRC’s Navi Pillay Acknowledges Post-War Progress
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanethem Pillay, when she called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon, acknowledged the post-war progress that has been made in Sri Lanka.
“This is a visit long overdue, but I felt that it’s much better that I come so that I’ll be in a position to report on the very many achievements that have been made,” Ms. Pillay said. “Firstly, it was very very visible to me in the North how much you have invested in reconstruction.”
Speaking about implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the High Commissioner said she was very pleased about the establishment of a commission to look into war-time disappearances.
The President and the High Commissioner also spoke about reports that depicted Sri Lanka as a country of religious intolerance, with Ms. Pillay saying she was surprised since Sri Lanka is generally known to have a culture of tolerance. President Rajapaksa described that these have been isolated incidents and that the majority of Sri Lankans continue to coexist peacefully in all parts of the island.
Ms. Pillay also said there has been “good cooperation” between her office and the Sri Lankan government in facilitating her visit and that she had received comprehensive briefings at all her meetings.
President Rajapaksa told Ms. Pillay that there is a belief among many Sri Lankans that the United Nations is biased in the way it deals with countries, and he said he urged those who voiced these concerns to him not to prejudge the report Ms. Pillay is due to issue.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, Head of Mission of Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva Mr. Ravinatha Aryasinha and Additional Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne also joined the discussion.
(Courtesy: President Media)
seems to be a good relationship in future.even though she revealed the truth of rapid development and implementations around north east but waste of money invested in south MR air port.
If M/s Navi PILLAI is telling the truth which she can repeat in any forum without fear, she should promptly contact Obama and Cameron and request their administrations to promptly withdraw the two damaging resolutions that were brought agianst our Sinhala Buddhist state in the past sessions of the UNHRC.
It appears all the hard work by Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe and Ambassador Ravinatha Abeysinghe and Hon Keheliya Rambukwella is bearing fruit. We salute these heros.
We should also remember at every second of our lives, the blood sacrifice of 27,000 of our Sinhala Buddhist youth who sacrificed their lives to save their Tamil speaking brothers and sisters from the evil clutches of the the psychopath, Mr Velu PILLAI. At last, M/s Navi PILLAI has realised the magnanimity of the Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhists who voluntarily sent 27,000 of their youth to the battlefield to save not their kith and kin but the Tamil speaking citizens who had reached our shores from Tamil Nadu and who have been enjoying the largeness of our hospitality for many centuries.
This level of sacrfice finds no paralell in World history and most likely, will never be repeated in the future life of the World.
We should erect a monument for the 27,000 Sinhala Buddhist youth in the UN Headquarters to show the world the limitless compassion of Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhists.
At least seeing is believing!
did she bring any baggage with her
We have no idea those things have seen will be manipulated after leaving the country.
It seems Pillay’s husband also arrested in SA due to terrorism acts.
So can we believe what we hear and what we see?