Sri Lankan Ambassador Responds to New York Times Editorial

Following is the response from Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasm, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States of America to the editorial appeared on New York Times.

PrasadKariyawasam

New York Times – The Opinion Pages

SRI LANKA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: AN AMBASSADOR’S VIEW

SEPT. 2, 2014

To the Editor:

Your Aug. 23 editorial “Sri Lanka’s Intransigence,” about the government’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations investigation into suspected human rights abuses during the country’s civil war, makes insensitive assertions about my country.

Sri Lanka has enjoyed uninterrupted democracy since 1931. Last September we held the first election to the Northern Provincial Council, delayed by more than two decades because of the refusal of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to politically empower people in the North. Now, the Tamil National Alliance is in control of provincial administration. To compare Sri Lanka to human rights and humanitarian emergencies elsewhere in the world is unjust.

We reject the United Nations investigation because its intrusive nature exceeds its mandate. It challenges the sovereignty of our country; violates basic principles of international law; vitiates the atmosphere needed for reconciliation; and ignores substantial and progressive socioeconomic and political progress already achieved, including the resettlement of 300,000 displaced people and the reintegration of 11,000 armed cadres.

The three-decade-long conflict with many failed attempts at peace because of L.T.T.E. intransigence affected the whole country. Local accountability mechanisms, now strengthened with international experts, are respectful of inherent social, cultural and ethnic susceptibilities, unlike the United Nations-driven process, which serves externally motivated interests and will destabilize the intricate balance of the national reconciliation process.

PRASAD KARIYAWASAM
Washington, Aug. 26, 2014

The writer is the ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States.

Read Full Article at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/opinion/sri-lanka-and-human-rights-an-ambassadors-view.html

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