Experts from the UN Human Rights Council will arrive in Colombo next month to “offer advice and technical assistance” to the Sri Lankan Government towards implementing the UN resolution on Sri Lanka, a Colombo weekly reports.
In what seems a change of heart, the SL Government has responded to a letter from UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay, that it would receive the expert delegation.
One of the three main elements in the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council called upon Sri Lanka to formulate a “comprehensive action plan” as “expeditiously as possible”. Another called upon the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, in consultation with, and with the concurrence of, the Government of Sri Lanka, advice and technical assistance on implementing the provisions of the resolution.
The latest SL Government decision, diplomatic sources in Colombo said yesterday, would pave the way for the visit to Colombo by High Commissioner Pillay herself. Implementing these recommendations through “credible and independent” investigations is a main thrust of the US-backed resolution.
Earlier, SLgovernment officials took up the position that the visit of a delegation of experts would not be acceptable since Sri Lanka was not a party to the adoption of the UNHRC resolution. However, the new Government resolve, according to diplomatic sources, means that the Government has decided to “fully cooperate with the UN.”