The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid

unSpeaking at the daily press briefing on 10 November 2014 Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General said “The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid, and he agrees with High Commissioner Zeid that the Government of Sri Lanka should cooperate.  And we will continue to urge that they do so,”

Question:  Sure, thanks.  I wanted to ask about Sri Lanka and separately about Tony Blair.  On Sri Lanka, I’d asked here about these comments by the Government about blank human rights forms.  And last week High Commissioner Zeid [Ra’ad al-Hussein] said that this is not true and that the Government’s not cooperating.  Over the weekend, I guess, or at least it was reported over the weekend, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in Geneva has said, has denounced everything that Prince Zeid said and has said this is now why they’re constrained from constructively engaging with the inquiry.  I wanted to know, given the Secretary‑General’s travels to Sri Lanka in 2009 and his engagements since, what does he make about this?  Does he have any comment on how the Government rejected what the High Commissioner said and said this is the reason why they won’t cooperate?  Should they cooperate?  Will he call President [Mahinda] Rajapaksa?  What’s his response?

Deputy Spokesman:  The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid, and he agrees with High Commissioner Zeid that the Government of Sri Lanka should cooperate.  And we will continue to urge that they do so.  Yes?

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