Sri Lanka’s govt. should start acting on LLRC recommendations soon to avoid international sanctions: State Minister

Mar 25, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is lucky it managed to postpone the vote at the Human Rights council and avoid possible international sanctions, newly appointed state Minister of Finance, Mahinda Samarasinghe said, Wednesday.

“Some are saying the economy is down and the stock market is down, but they never think of the good work done by this new government to avoid international sanctions by getting the vote postponed at the international Human Rights council.”

“Then only we would have had major issues in the economy.”

The United Nations in March 2015, delayed the report of alleged human rights violations during the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka until September 2015, given the changing political context in the island.

The minister says new President, Maithripala Sirisena has a lot of support from the international community.

“We all saw how he was welcomed by the Indian Prime Minister and even in the U.K, the Prime Minister came up to the vehicle to greet him.”

“All this support can help in getting the support need at the council vote in September.”

However he says, since transparency is the aim of the new government we should make these reports available for the people free access.

The state Minister made these comments a short while after assuming duties at the ministry of Finance.