Sri Lanka not worried by Pillai's deadline

Published: 30th September 2013 08:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th September 2013 08:45 AM   |  A+A-


The Sri Lankan government on Sunday said it would not accept UN Rights Chief Navy Pillai's deadline to make progress on its rights accountability record.

The country's Foreign Secretary Karunatillake Amunugama said the government would according to its own plan. "We will submit our progress to the next March session of the UNHRC. We have already completed most of the points raised by her while some of it cannot be implemented," he said.

UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Pillay told the UNHRC that Sri Lanka has failed to show progress on its rights accountability record. If it fails to improve the record by March next year it could lead to an international inquiry.

Sri Lanka has already figured in two UNHRC resolutions.

Two resolutions moved in 2012 and 2013 by the US and backed by India were adopted both calling for progress on the right accountability. But Colombo has dismissed both as devious action by the West at the behest of the pro-LTTE diaspora.

Pillay completed an uneasy visit to Sri Lanka late August where she said Sri Lanka was heading towards authoritarianism.

Sri Lanka has accused Pillay, a South African national of Tamil heritage, of being an agent of the LTTE.

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