Speedy Eastern resettlement lauded
UNHCR assures President of fullest cooperation:
SWITZERLAND: The Head of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres lauded the speedy and systematic
re-settlement programme of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the
East, when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Geneva.
High Commissioner Guterres and President Rajapaksa held a lengthy
discussion on Sri Lanka’s development programmes and re-settlement in
the East, assuring President Rajapaksa the prospects of working in
partnership in the future.
While the development of infrastructural facilities undertaken in the
East by the Government had been evaluated, Guterres also assured his
fullest support in the welfare activities of the Government’s future
Meanwhile, President Rajapaksa outlined the Government’s commitment
to protecting human rights during his meetings with the chiefs of
international human rights organisations.
He told them that the Government aimed to liberate the people from
the clutches of terrorism and establish peace.
He explained that the Government was willing to listen to the
international community and the public in its quest to resolve the
The Government was working in a transparent manner.
Commenting on abductions and disappearances, the President pointed
out that most of the ‘disappeared’ have gone into hiding or ventured
abroad for personal reasons and some of them have reappeared.
The President also briefed International Law and Justice Commission
Secretary General Nicholas Howen, who assured his organisation’s fullest
support for probes conducted by the Government into alleged abductions