External pressure will hinder reconciliation process

2020-02-15 at 08:44

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Kshenuka Senewiratne says timelines evolved externally in achieving stated objectives would only seek to hinder the process of reconciliation since they would be bereft of ground realities.

Addressing the one-day debate at the UN Security Council titled “Peace building and Sustaining Peace: Transitional Justice in conflict and post-conflict situations,” she said when seeking mechanisms of transitional justice, related simple theories would need to also take cognizance of the various historical, cultural and religious sensitivities.

Ambassador Senewiratne said the basic tenet of a transitional justice process is the application of its theoretical principles on State obligations and it is the State that needs to pursue truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence.

She further explained that the post conflict milieu of each country is unique and those traversing the path of post-conflict transition and reconciliation have often made deliberate efforts to maintain a balance between the speed of the transitional justice process and desired standard which includes inclusiveness and the sustainability.

The Permanent Representative added that newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has pledged to work towards guaranteeing human rights and political and economic freedom for his people in a truly democratic Sri Lanka.

She said the President has also espoused that every citizen of Sri Lanka has the right to live freely and securely, holding independent opinions, following the religion of choice and freedom of association and assembly, being rights that no one can challenge.

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