The Presidential Secretary says the best response to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner is to further strengthen the reforms programme. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:15

Presidential Secretary Lalith Weerathunga says that the best reply to be given to the statements made by the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Mrs. Navaneetham Pillai is to further strengthen the reforms programme. The government is committed to respond only to the people of Sri Lanka. Participating in a discussion programme over the SLBC, he further said that nobody should be unduly concerned over the statements made by Mrs. Navaneetham Pillai. Her statements lacked any foundation and they were made according to the information received from certain individuals.

However, the attempts of the opposition and other groups to fulfil their objectives through the high commissioner have turned futile. Some groups hoped that she would have stated that Sri Lanka should be brought before a military tribunal. Mr. Weerathunga has pointed out that their expectations were dashed. Sri Lanka has implemented many of the recommendations of the Commission on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation within a short period. The secretary has pointed out that no other country in the world has implemented recommendations of a similar committees within such a short period of time. The first fact mentioned by Mrs. Pillai during her meeting with the president was the carrying out of activities in an exceptionally conducive manner in Sri Lanka. She has thanked the president for the massive development taking place in the north.
                Sri Lanka as an independent state is not bound to respond to other institutions. The presidents Secretary said that however that Sri Lanka has extended an invitation to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner to visit Sri Lanka as the government has nothing to hide. The government has not expected an exceptional commendation from the high commissioner. Mr. Weerathunga also said that the government has amply clarified the government's position to Mrs. Pillai.

Mrs. Navaneethan Pillai has previously mentioned on the need for an international commission to deal with Sri Lankan problems. However, after her Sri Lankan tour she has commented on the need for a local mechanism in this regard. Mrs. Pillai had to change her stance after receiving an understanding on the activities during her tour in Sri Lanka. She has also described on the violent acts of the LTTE organization. The LTTE had murdered 82 Tamil politicians. In addition details have been presented with statistics on how the tiger group had killed many other Tamil intellectuals including social activists. A Sri Lankan president and an opposition leader were also killed. Commenting on the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to be held in November, secretary Weerathunga has pointed out it as a meeting to consolidate reconciliation, friendship and amicability.        
                Media man Rajpal Abeynayake said that Mrs. Navaneethan Pillai had no details to substantiate the facts she had expressed at the media meeting. As a result there was no validity in her statements. Director of English Service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Y. Noordeen said that Mrs. Pillai at the media briefing has responded in an indirect manner to the direct questions posed by the media personnel.

Ven. Prof. Kamburugamuwe Vajira thero participating in the programme said that it was due to the Dhamma education that civilized and cultural bondage is in a strong position. The tuition classes on Sundays are a hindrance to a Dhamma school education. The venerable thero added that it was due to this reason that certain private tutors are expressing facts against the Dhamma school education.

Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha thero has pointed out the need for the parents to direct their children to Dhamma school education. Rev. Father Sarath Hettiarachchi has also stressed on the significant service rendered by the Dhamma school education for the strengthening of culture in the country.

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