Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said he will send his own representatives to attend the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session currently underway in Geneva.
Addressing a media briefing in Colombo this morning, Mr. Sirisena said these representatives are to appeal to the UNHRC that Sri Lanka should be allowed to handle its own issues. Sri Lankan government had co-sponsored a resolution in 2015 to address war crimes and bring accountability while its progress is to come up for discussion during ongoing session.
The government has been slow to act on its promises and there are demands to withdraw the resolution. However, the President sending his own representatives also underline ongoing tensions with the government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe. President also harped on the poor economic situation of the country and called upon all political parties to work unitedly for upliftment of economy.
He said that though Presidential elections are scheduled later this year, parliamentary elections are a possibility before that given the unstable nature of parliament. President Sirisena had removed Wickremsinghe as Prime Minister last year and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa but had to reinstate the former in wake of court ruling.