Secretary‑General wants credible mechanisms

Ban Ki MoonStéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, responding to a question posed at a press briefing on 12 February 2015 said that the Secretary‑General has stressed the importance of Sri Lanka establishing credible mechanisms that meet international standards.

Question:  And did the issue of not pursuing the Human Rights Council investigation into Sri Lanka arise?

Spokesman:  It was, indeed, a farewell call.  I mean, the Secretary-General’s position on the, on the human rights investigation is unchanged.  He’s obviously aware that the new administration is considering setting domestic accountability mechanisms and will be carefully assessing these developments.  The Secretary‑General has stressed the importance of Sri Lanka establishing credible mechanisms that meet international standards.  Advancing accountability, like other parts of the post‑war agenda in Sri Lanka, will lay the basis for the country to make further progress on peace, democracy and development.  The UN stands ready, as always, to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to address the post‑war agenda as we have consistently affirmed. (UN)

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