UNHRC resolution had political motives

The government says the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC session in Geneva in March was intrusive and unwarranted and was based on political motives.External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris said this at the conclusion of the 3rd Sri Lanka – Thailand Joint Commission Meeting today. He said that Thailand extended  support towards Sri Lanka at UN Human Right Council, by standing against an intrusive and unwarranted country specific Resolution based on political motives and thereby supporting the reconciliation and reconstruction process of Sri Lanka intended to bring about a lasting solution to the needs of all the people.The Minister said that today both countries have made some important decisions in accelerating the economic partnership. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand attended the meeting. “We are grateful to Thailand for supporting Sri Lanka through trying times in the recent past and assisting in diverse manner to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka,” Minister Peiri said. Under the framework of the Joint Commission both countries are exploring the possibility of increasing trade volume up to the threshold of US $ 1 billion within the next 3-5 years.The Minister said that Sri Lanka is extremely pleased to welcome the Prime Minister of Thailand at the end of this month to Sri Lanka and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for the culmination of Siam Upasampada celebrations in Sri Lanka in August.“I am happy to state that the Joint Commission meeting would no doubt provide a renewed interest to further our bilateral relations based on the accruing opportunities for co-operation,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)

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