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2017-03-20

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says India and Sri Lanka have commended Sri Lanka’s decision to refrain from approving an international tribunal.

Speaking at a function in Weeraketiya the Premier said Sri Lanka will cosponsor the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution at the recent 34th session.

Premier Wickremesinghe said the government completely backs the decision to provide Sri Lanka another 2 years to fulfil the 2015 Geneva resolution.

The Premier said the high commissioner’s report and all other UNHRC reports will be discussed with all parties.

He said there are certain recommendations the government can agree to and there are some that should be amended and then accepted.

The Prime Minister said some can be rejected, claiming that the government hopes to come to an agreement with the UNHRC and the US.

Premier Wickremesinghe said the US and India both say that we should not agree to an international tribunal.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the appointment of international judges to chair the bench in Sri Lanka’s judicial system is a violation of the country’s Constitution.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the proposals called for international judges to be appointed as local judges in cases.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said foreign judges have taken oath under their countries law claiming that Sri Lankan judges have taken oath under Sri Lanka’s constitution.

The Premier questioned What will happen if the government calls for a constitutional amendment.

Premier Wickremesinghe said the government will have to go in for a referendum claiming that the government will lose if that happens based on international judges.