'International Inquiry Warranted And Possible' - Navi Pillay: Aryasinha Says Pillay Lopsided

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay, presenting her report on 'Promoting Accountability and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka' said an international inquiry on Sri Lanka was both warranted and possible.

She added that the Sri Lankan government's failure to investigate into alleged war crimes undermines confidence in the government's mechanism. 

Pillay also raised concerns over harassment to Human Rights activists and defenders in Sri Lanka. 

She said Sri Lanka has shown little progress on critical areas with regard to accountability. 

Responding to the UN Human Rights Chief, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha said UN Human Rights Commissioner's report was biased and it failed to understand peace achieved by Sri Lanka. 

In his response he said, as recent events indicated, there was a resurgence of the LTTE in Sri Lanka. He categorically rejected the conclusions of the UN Human Rights High Commissioner's report. 

Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry Sajin Vaas Gunawardena and Razeek Zarook was also at the council when the report was presented.

Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the European Union, Greece said it welcomes the report presented by the UN Human Rights High Commissioner on Sri Lanka. The US delegation, in response, added that it shares same concerns raised by the UN Human Rights Chief.