UNHRC 46th Session: Vote On SL Likely To Be Taken Soon

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Feb 27 2021
News UNHRC 46th Session: Vote On  SL Likely To Be  Taken Soon

The vote on the resolution on Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is likely to be taken up earlier than the expected date, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena speculated.

He also said, it is still not scheduled since the sessions are held virtually and the text of the resolution has not yet been agreed upon.  

Foreign Minister Gunawardena said, 21 countries have spoken in favour of Sri Lanka at the UNHRC so far, and that is an achievement.  However, the Sri Lankan Government wants the UK-led Core Group’s resolution completely revoked. 

He also said the US has also posed questions to the UNHRC. He added the resolution on Sri Lanka is not fair.  The UNHRC session traditionally goes up to four weeks, and would end by 19 March 2021. On Monday (1 March) an informal meeting between the member States will take place. 

Gunawardena told Ceylon Today that 47 countries are members of the Council and in the last week, 21 countries had spoken in favour of Sri Lanka, which says there is truth in what we have said.

He added, the Government tirelessly worked to convey their stand to member countries but the Western world seems to have taken a negative stance on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. 

“Some of the takes by the UNHRC were not reasonable as we have informed the body about our action plan and the Government has already appointed a Presidential Commission to probe what the UNHRC had recommended,” he added.  

He said, he met many of the envoys and also spoke to Foreign Ministers around the world to convey the stand of the Government and they were outstandingly supportive. 

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Feb 27 2021

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