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UN Special Rapporteur lacks calibre, diplomacy: Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

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Updated: 07:08 GMT, Jul 16, 2017 | Published: 06:31 GMT, Jul 16, 2017 |
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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe alleged that several UN Special Rapporteurs who visited Sri Lanka including Rapporteur Ben Emmerson lacked calibre and diplomacy and that he would inform the President and the Premier about these Rapporteurs.

The Minister complained that Mr. Emmerson didn’t have any diplomatic qualities, basic courtesy and that he displayed an-army-commander-like approach.

“Even during our meeting, he came up with false facts about those detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). When I questioned about the sources of his facts, he only said the sources were ‘reliable.’ I rejected his facts with factual sources,” he said.

When questioned about Mr. Emmerson’s doubts whether Sri Lanka would be able to fulfil pledges made through the UNHRC resolution within the two year extension, he said the government would fulfil the pledges in due time and respond to the UNHRC in terms of delivering them. “We don’t have to respond to the Rapporteur in this regard,” he said.