China and Pakistan today at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva insisted that Sri Lanka should be allowed to carry out its reconciliation process without pressure from external sources.
Chinese Ambassador LIU Zhenmin said his government appreciated the efforts taken by the Sri Lankan Government to advance the national reconciliation process.
“We are of the view that more time and space should be given to Sri Lanka to bring the process to a conclusion, free from outside pressure. International assistance should only be given with Sri Lanka’s agreement,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan also emphasized the need to give Sri Lanka time and space to continue with its genuine reconciliation mechanism worked out domestically. Pakistan also highlighted that Sri Lanka had continued to demonstrate its commitment to reconciliation.
So far, countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Thailand and Indonesia have made positive remarks on the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.(KelumBandara in Geneva)