Countries that backed SL against UNHRC resolution, urge
By our political correspondent
Countries that backed Sri Lanka by either abstaining or voting against the US-sponsored UNHRC resolution in Geneva, have told the government to take steps to implement the LLRC recommendations and show progress by March 2013.
Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga who is heading the task force formed to implement the LLRC recommendations said, “The countries that had been backing Sri Lanka during the previous resolution had made this request in order to continue their support.
“We as the government do not believe that we could continue to expect their support merely on the basis of goodwill. Thus, it is essential to implement what they are requesting and show our genuineness as well,” he affirmed.
He also said Sri Lanka will be up for a full review on the progress of the LLRC recommendations by 2013.
Weeratunga said that by next month, the task force will be briefing the Cabinet and the media on the progress made in implementing the LLRC recommendations.
“Few of the recommendations will be implemented this year while the others will be implemented next year, after the budget for 2013 is prepared. We will be doing this since the 2012 budget allocations to the ministries have already been done before the release of the LLRC report last year,” he said.
The task force has selected 33 recommendations out of the 285 listed by the LLRC to be implemented at the national level.
In October the United Nations will be conducting a Universal Progress Review of Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation process.
“We are confident that the main LLRC recommendations that have been selected can be implemented in full. This will further strengthen Sri Lanka’s foreign relations,” he said.
In March this year, the UN Human Rights Council had adopted a resolution by a majority vote, calling for the full implementation of the LLRC recommendations. During the past few weeks, the coalition partners submitted their opinions on the recommendations to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.