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Minister Champika says UNHRC toothless

2014 Feb 26

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

A motion against Sri Lanka on alleged human rights violations would be moved in Geneva on March 3, but the United Nations Human Rights Council would not be able to take action against Sri Lanka without the sanction of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly as the HRC did not have executive power, Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday.

Addressing the media at the SLFPˆheadquarters, Minister Ranawaksa said only five countries had the Security Council veto powers and China and Russia were among them.

The UNP and JVP were trying portray a different picture to the UNHRC and to China and Russia to withdraw their support for Sri Lanka, he alleged.

The provincial council elections in Southern and Western provinces to be held on March 29 would enable the UPFA to get a steam-roller majority, Minister Rajawaksa said.

People’s verdict would send a clear message to the world and go a long way in resolving Sri Lanka’s problems in the international arena, he said.

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