Deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York on Friday 13 June 2014, that the Secretary General supports the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and commends the leadership she has demonstrated to assist Sri Lanka in advancing accountability and reconciliation.
Highlights of the noon briefing by Farhan Haq
SECRETARY-GENERAL ENCOURAGES SRI LANKA TO COOPERATE WITH HUMAN RIGHTS INQUIRY
- Asked about cooperation by the Government of Sri Lanka with the work of a human rights inquiry into that country’s war, the Spokesman said that the Secretary-General encouraged Sri Lanka’s cooperation with that inquiry.
- He later added that the Secretary-General supports the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and commends the leadership she has demonstrated to assist Sri Lanka in advancing accountability and reconciliation.
- The Secretary-General fully understands the challenges and complexity related to post-war processes, and therefore encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to engage constructively with the international community, to strengthen the existing domestic processes in a manner that is inclusive and respectful of human rights and to work towards lasting peace in Sri Lanka.