Sri Lanka rejects UN human rights monitoring call

November 14th, 2007 - 2:11 am ICT by admin  
Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, that Sri Lanka would not agree to her call for UN monitoring of human rights in the country.

“We are not willing to discuss a UN presence in Sri Lanka for monitoring purposes nor are we willing to allow an office of the High Commissioner (here),” Samarasinghe told reporters at the end of Arbour’s four-day visit.

Arbour and Samarasinghe addressed a news conference together, but both made it clear they disagreed on how to tackle the human rights situation in the embattled country, where more than 60,000 people have been killed since 1972.

Meanwhile in a separate development, government troops sank a Tamil Tiger rebel boat and the insurgents downed an army vessel in a battle on Saturday off northern Sri Lanka.

Three rebels are said to have died in the encounter and three soldiers were missing. (ANI)

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