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Solutions to SL’s internal affairs, Must be in line with Constitution: Dinesh    

Claiming that the United National Front (UNF)-led Government consenting to co-sponsor Resolution 30/1 was in violation of the Constitution, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that solutions to Sri Lanka’s internal matters should be sought in accordance with the Constitution.  

He also claimed that the Government was presently working towards meting out justice to victims whose rights had been violated during the humanitarian operation that was carried out to contain terrorist activities in the North.  

Accordingly, he said that a Presidential Commission of Inquiry chaired by a Supreme Court Judge had already been appointed to investigate allegations of human rights violations made at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland.  

The Minister expressed these views on Friday (19) in a statement made in response to allegations levelled against Sri Lanka in view of the 46th UNHRC Session.   

“There is no provision in the Constitution of Sri Lanka to implement the contents of that Resolution. That is why we withdrew from Resolution 30/1 after being elected to office last year. We made it clear that action would be taken against perpetrators and justice would be delivered to victims whose rights had been violated during the humanitarian operation that was carried out to contain terrorist activities in the North. We are now working on it. The same accusation is being made against Sri Lanka over and over again for defeating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The UNHRC needs to focus on hegemony, other forces, and their ulterior motives behind bringing in the same accusation from different angles,” he said.