Montenegro Encourages the Gov of Sri Lanka on More Effective Approach with Concrete Results: Divisions in the country do not bring any wellbeing

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Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "We believe there is no alternative to reconciliation and appropriate addressing the issue of accountability, based on the truth and justice, and ensuring reparations for the victims. We still do not recognize a sufficient progress in this field and encourage the Government on more effective approach with concrete results. History shows us that any kind of divisions in the country do not bring any wellbeing. We encourage the Government, that for prosperous future of people of Sri Lanka continue steps towards building the confidence of and between all communities in the country, as the only possible way forward," Montenegro said today at the Interactive dialogue on the OHCHR report on Sri Lanka, at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

40th session

ITEM 10

ID with HC on Sri Lanka

Intervention by MONTENEGRO

Mr President,

At the outset, I would like to thank Office of the High Commissioner for the comprehensive report on Sri Lanka.

Montenegro, as a member of a core group of the resolution on Sri Lanka, recognize progress achieved in Sri Lanka, but still, a number of outstanding challenges remain to be addressed.

The positive and constructive engagement of the Government of Sri Lanka with the Office of the High Commissioner and the relevant UN special procedures enjoys our appreciation, and we underline the importance of its continuation.

The constructive and realistic approach of the core group was accepted with understanding and support by member states during informal meeting, and resulted with cosponsorship of the draft resolution by Sri Lanka, in the content proposed by the core group. We welcome this step of Sri Lanka as a reaffirmation of its previous commitments. It is of the utmost importance that forthcoming elections do not affect or slow down the implementation of its undertaken obligations.

We believe there is no alternative to reconciliation and appropriate addressing the issue of accountability, based on the truth and justice, and ensuring reparations for the victims. We still do not recognize a sufficient progress in this field and encourage the Government on more effective approach with concrete results.

History shows us that any kind of divisions in the country do not bring any wellbeing. We encourage the Government, that for prosperous future of people of Sri Lanka continue steps towards building the confidence of and between all communities in the country, as the only possible way forward.

To conclude, allow me to inform that Montenegro will continue to support Sri Lanka in the implementation of the commitments contained in the landmark resolution 30/1.

I thank you.