UN resolution: Government will take the final decision – Mangala

Published: 12:05 GMT, Mar 17, 2017 |

The Government says the call for international judges in the process to investigate incidents related to the war comes from the fact that the local judiciary lost credibility when the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government was in power.

Speaking at a press briefing in Colombo this evening, Samaraweera said the inclusion of such officers were in fact just a recommendation made by the international community when drafting the resolution.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told reporters today there is a call to ensure impartiality in the accountability process and international participation is one way of ensuring impartiality.

“But what we are saying is there are many other variations in which we can guarantee that same credibility and we are looking at those options,” the Minister said.

He said that anyone can put forward opinions and recommendations but as a responsible Government the Government will take the right decisions.

“As a sovereign nation we are entitled to look at all options. We cannot bring in foreign judicial officers under the existing constitution, but we are exploring all our options,” the minister said. Stating that the resolution that is once more to be co-sponsored by Sri Lanka at the UNHRC is the same that was presented previously in 2015, Samaraweera stated the government had requested for an extension of two years to implement it.