Samarasinghe ready for Geneva
Special Human Rights envoy of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Government Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says he is ready to represent Sri Lanka at the upcoming UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session on Geneva if he is asked to go by the President.
Samarasinghe, who had led the Sri Lankan delegation at key sessions in Geneva in the past, says he is yet to be nominated to represent Sri Lanka at next month’s crucial session.
The Minister said he is expected to hear from the President over the next few days over the composition of the Geneva delegation and he is prepared to head to Geneva if the need be.
Samarasinghe, speaking at an event today, said that since the first resolution was presented on Sri Lanka in Geneva in 2009 the Government had showed progress on the ground and developed the country. However he says some countries are against the progress achieved by Sri Lanka and are attempting to do in Sri Lanka like what they did in some Middle Eastern countries.
While admitting civilians may have been killed during the final stages of the war, Samarasinghe dismissed the 40,000 casualty toll mentioned by the UN and others.
He questioned how one can accurately say it was 40,000 when they could not access the battle ground where fierce fighting was taking place.
The Minister also said the Government will never betray the army or allow anyone to destabilize the country. (Colombo Gazette)