The United Nations has urged Sri Lanka to stick to its commitments on accountability.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday responding to a question posed on Sri Lanka, recalled that there were agreements between Sri Lanka and the international community and Sri Lanka should stick to those agreements.
“There are issues between the international community and Sri Lanka and agreements to ensure accountability. And we hope those are followed,” Dujarric said according to the Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General posted on the UN website. The post is a near-verbatim transcript of July 12th’s noon briefing by Dujarric, the web said.
Dujarric commented after being asked by a reporter at a media briefing in New York to respond to reports that President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to agree to have international judges in the domestic accountability process.
The reporter had asked: “… I wanted to know, the President of Sri Lanka, Mr. [Maithrepala] Sirisena, has recently said there will be no international judges in the working of accountability procedures which seems to be a stepping back from what he had said and was praised for saying. Does the Secretary-General have any view on this stepping back?”
Spokesman Dujarric has been quoted as having said: ” haven’t seen those exact comments. There are issues between the international community and Sri Lanka and agreements to ensure accountability. And we hope those are followed.”