Ban Ki-moon has underlined the importance of accountability in Sri Lanka

un   Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, answering questions at the Daily Press Briefing at the UN on 1 April 2014 stated that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stressed on the importance of accountability in Sri Lanka after the UN Human Rights Council had last week passed a resolution calling for an international investigation in the country.

Question:  And I wanted to ask, you mention the Rights Up Front plan that the Secretary-General has spoken about.  Since there was a resolution passed last week in Geneva at the Human Rights Council calling for an independent, international investigation of war crimes in Sri Lanka.  Since then, Mahinda Samarasinghe, who the Secretary-General has met with in the past, has said that Sri Lanka will not participate in any way, will not corporate, and essentially won’t allow these investigators into the country.  And I wanted to know if the Secretary-General or the Secretariat has any response to that.

Deputy Spokesman:  Yes, the Secretary-General has consistently underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Sri Lanka.  He welcomes the determination by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to advance accountability and promote lasting peace and reconciliation in the country.  The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to constructively engage and cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner on the implementation of the resolution adopted last week by the Human Rights Council.  He recalls the commitments made to him on accountability by the President of Sri Lanka in their Joint Statement of 2009.  The United Nations will remain engaged with Sri Lanka to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to make progress in accountability, reconciliation and a lasting political solution

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