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UNP does not see change by Prince

2014 Sep 04

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) does not expect a change of policy on Sri Lanka by the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UNP MP Wijedasa Rajapakse told reporters today that the unlike policies and laws changing in Sri Lanka when a new Minister or Government takes office, internationally the same practice is not followed.

The Government had said yesterday it hopes the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, will take note of the concerns Sri Lanka had on the former High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, and carry out his duties in an unbiased manner.

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein took over from Pillay yesterday and Government spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters in Kandy yesterday the Government will look at Prince Zeid taking office in a positive manner.

Rajapakse however noted that when an institution like the UN takes a decision it will not change that decision just because there is a change in the official in charge.

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