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UNHRC members commend Sri Lanka on reconciliation efforts
Publication Date : 30-09-2013
Sri Lanka has been lauded by several United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) member states, for its significant progress in its reconciliation efforts, Ravinatha Aryasinha, permanent mission representative to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva said.
Countries in the continents of Asia, Africa and Latin America have recognised the significant progress achieved by the Sri Lankan government in the rehabilitation of the country, resolution and resettlement of land issuesm demining, livelihood development, and addressing issues of accountability, Aryasinha said.
He said that the member states have informed UNHRC that Sri Lanka should be commended and encouraged to keep up the reconciliation progress.
The member states were responding to a statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham Pillay on the topic of "promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka".
Aryasinha said that the member states have also welcomed an additional 53 recommendations to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) accepted by Sri Lanka in July this year as part of its National Action Plan.
Several Western countries have also joined the member states in supporting Sri Lanka's recent provincial elections, which were held in three provinces, after a 25-year lapse due to armed conflict, he said.