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'SL ready for UNHRC sessions'

Sri Lanka participates in the United Nations Human Rights Council with an impressive record of post-war reconciliation, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts in a background where broad action has been initiated at the highest level to implement the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations, said a member of the Sri Lankan delegation for the UN Human Rights Council and former Attorney General Mohan Pieris.

He said this on being asked by the Daily News what will be the position of Sri Lanka as it participates in the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva next week in the wake of rising speculation that the UN will pass a resolution against Sri Lanka.

Peiris said LLRC recommendations are being systematically implemented under two high level committees appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, one an Inter -Ministerial Committee and the other a Cabinet Sub committee. "Both committees are under the President's supervision," he said. "Nobody can point fingers at Sri Lanka with reason that there was reluctance as such on the part of the government to implement LLRC recommendations."

LLRC recommendations are being implemented not to please other nations.

It is being implemented as a part of the country's policy to bring the nation under one banner as one Sri Lanka, Peiris pointed out.

The Inter-ministerial Committee and the Cabinet Sub-committee on the Implementation of LLRC recommendations are preparing a road map with milestones instructed by President Rajapaksa to implement the recommendations systematically .

He said LLRC recommendations are being implemented in keeping with the country's National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, which was introduced in September last year. Plantation Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe will lead the Sri Lankan delegation for UNHRC.

The delegation will comprise Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Prof G L Peiris and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena and Attorney General Shanthi Eva Wanasundera and several officials from the Attorney General's Department.

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