GL slams OHCHR
Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris reiterated the ad hoc process where the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is attempting to get foreign authorities to take over or replace local institutions under the guise of reconciliation is contrary to the UN Charter.
In a virtual meeting with Commonwealth SecretaryGeneral Patricia Scotland in New York, he also reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s active commitment to dialogue and engagement with the Commonwealth, while recalling that Sri Lanka, as a founding member of the Commonwealth, remains proactive and committed to the Organisation's values, principles, and objectives.
“Sri Lanka looks forward to expanding its cooperation with the Commonwealth in a variety of areas, including commerce, education, vocational training, and climate change. Sri Lanka has been successful in restoring mangroves and has emerged as a Commonwealth Blue Charter leader. Sri Lanka has launched a ‘climate and green economy’, focusing on food security-focused agricultural output and renewable energy,” he said.
The Foreign Minister also addressed SecretaryGeneral Scotland on the action taken by local institutions in the country toward reconciliation, noting that this is a continual process in which the country requires adequate space for local institutions to carry out their missions.
Secretary-General Scotland recalled her visits to Sri Lanka in 2018 and 2019 and praised the country’s long-standing involvement with the Commonwealth. (TR)