Foreign Minister Prof. GL Peiris says a request has been made from the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith to provide an opportunity for talks to inform of the progress of investigations into the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks.
Speaking at a media briefing today Minister Peiris said they received a favourable response from the Cardinal’s office.
The Minister said the Easter attacks can be described as one of the most devastating incidents in recent history with more than 250 lives claimed in the bombings.
The Minister added the discussion will focus on the steps that have been taken thus far in relation to investigations adding that the Cardinal’s office informed that the earliest possible date will be allocated.
Meanwhile, inquiries were made over Sri Lanka’s preparation for the United Nations Human Rights Council session set to commence on the 12th of September in Geneva and the United Nations General Assembly set to get underway in New York on the 21st of September.
The Foreign Minister said Sri Lanka being a focus at a point when numerous globally important matters are prevalent, is not a surprising fact. He noted the government will make the most out of the two events.
He added Sri Lanka is repeatedly criticised annually at the relevant sessions with various charges being levelled, claiming that the reason behind such developments targeting Sri Lanka is puzzling especially when many matters of importance are ongoing in the world.
Minister Peiris said the question must be raised as to why Sri Lanka is being pursued and whether it is related to human rights or a different agenda.
The Minister said Sri Lanka will request the support of all countries amidst challenges the country is faced with.