Sri Lanka has reiterated that the study on the origin tracing of SARS-Co-V-2 should be based on scientific and evidence-based methods and should not be politicized.
Issuing a statement, the Foreign Ministry said the COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruptions to the health, safety, and livelihoods of people around the world adding therefore, international cooperation provides the best possible means to effectively and sustainably defeat the pandemic.
The Foreign Ministry said it is equally important to conduct a comprehensive, inclusive, and impartial study on the origin of the virus.
It added, Sri Lanka notes the leading role played by the World Health Organization in this regard and the contents of the joint report of the WHO–convened Global Study released in March.
The Foreign Ministry said the next phase of the study should reflect the key findings of the previous WHO-led joint study report.
The Ministry said Sri Lanka will continue to constructively engage with all international partners to find amicable and comprehensive solutions to unresolved issues in this regard.
China recently criticised the “politicisation” by the United States of efforts to trace the origin of the coronavirus, demanding a US military laboratory be investigated, shortly before the release of a US intelligence community report on the virus.
The US report was intended to resolve disputes among intelligence agencies considering different theories about how the coronavirus emerged, including a once-dismissed theory about a Chinese laboratory accident.
According to the report, the US intelligence community has been unable to determine the origins of Covid-19, and is split on whether it leaked from a lab or developed in nature.