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Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena has appealed to all member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to reject any resolution against Sri Lanka, saying that despite Sri Lanka keeping its pledges made before the HRC a year ago and the spirit of cooperation in engagement with the HRC and its mechanism, it is regrettable that elements working against Sri Lanka intend to table another country-specific resolution based on the OHCHR report. He said, the High Commissioner's Report on Sri Lanka which GOSL rejects, has unjustifiably broadened its scope and mandate further, incorporating many issues of governance and matters that are essentially domestic in any self-respecting, sovereign country.

The Foreign Affairs Minister made these observations when he addressed the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held in Geneva today (23 February), via video technology from Colombo.

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