Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena informed the UN Human Rights Chief the existing reconciliation mechanisms set up by Acts of Parliament will continue to function despite the government’s decision to withdraw from co-sponsorship of Human Rights Resolution 40/1. Notwithstanding the withdrawal from co-sponsorship, he emphasised the Government’s commitment to achieving accountability and human rights within the framework of the Constitution. He had conveyed that the government hoped to achieve sustainable peace and reconciliation, through the appointment of a domestic Commission of Inquiry. High Commissioner Bachelet had thanked Minister Gunawardena for his participation in the High-Level Segment of the HRC. Director General of the UN and Human Rights Division of the Ministry of Foreign Relations M.R.K.
Source: Sunday Observer February 29, 2020 20:03 UTC