British Asia News Network
Sri Lanka: According to British Baron Lord Naseby, Sri Lanka is not a country that needs to be monitored by Western countries. He said that now is the time for closure and to let Sri Lanka stand on its own two feet.
He said “Is this really a country that has to be monitored by the West almost every day? My view as President of the All Party British Sri Lanka Parliamentary Group is, no. I shall put all these points and more in a debate. I shall finish by reminding Her Majesty’s Government of the old adage ‘keep your friendships in repair’. We may well need Sri Lanka’s friendship again soon over Brexit.”
He said about six months ago, he was conscious that the UN Motions on Sri Lanka would be reviewed in March 2019 by the UNHCR in Geneva. A debate was initiated near Independence Day on February 4th as it has been nearly four years since the resolutions were passed. Specifically, two resolutions were adopted by the UNHCR in September 2015 & again in March 2017. The resolutions were entitled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’.
The motivation for the alleged need for the resolutions at all was the very heavy lobbying by that section of the diaspora in the USA, UK and Canada who in their heart of hearts still wanted an independent state ‘Eelam’. They had lost the war when the LTTE Tamil Tigers were finally defeated on the battlefield on May 18th 2009. It was no secret that many of those lobbying had been closely associated with the LTTE Tamil Tigers indeed some were actual members.
The UK government has been helpful in the reconciliation process through its Conflict, Security and Stabilisation Fund. They have also assisted in setting up the Office of Missing Persons
The Sri Lanka government themselves has passed an Act to establish an Office for Reparations and a proposal to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
In reality, Sri Lanka has taken positive steps on the four pillars of transitional justice-truth, reconciliation, accountability and guarantees of non-recurrence which must be taken into account by the Human rights Council.