The Sri Lankan government has declared itself willing and ready to cooperate with theUnited Nation Human Rights Council, in a marked departure from the ‘no deal, no compromise’ stance it  adopted during the sessions in March. In the  country report which was recently submitted to the council – and published on the HRC website last Friday, Sri Lanka has made it clear that it will cooperate in its Universal Period Review (UPR) in November. Over the past five weeks, Sri Lanka’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Ariyasinghe, has reportedly met with more than 50 of his counterparts from member or prospective member states of the Human Rights Council. Sources in Geneva said that Sri Lankan diplomats have also engaged with “the more reputed” international non-governmental organizations (INGO) involved in human rights. Sources say that Ariyasinghe has met both with countries that opposed the resolution in March as well as with those that “have problems” with Sri Lanka.]]>

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