The Government yesterday said there was no room for inviting a UN human rights monitoring mission to Sri Lanka as such a move would be an infringement on the sovereignty of the country and would also throw in doubt the ability of the Sri Lankan authorities to carry out their own inquires.
Government Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwelle, responding to the damning report released by the Human Rights Watch (HRW), stressed the government was doing its best to deal with the allegations of human rights violations.
`We are taking every possible step to maintain human rights. We don`t have any doubt in our process. To have an international monitoring mission will be an infringement on our sovereignty,` Minister Rambukwelle said at the weekly defence media briefing yesterday.
He said some of the allegations raised by HRW might be proven wrong similar to the issues raised over the slaying of 17 aid workers in Mutur where an Australian doctor retracted allegations made earlier of the government tampering with evidence.
`We are happy that the doctor admitted making a mistake with his initial findings. The Mutur incident resulted in various allegations being leveled against the government,` the Minister said. Among the concerns highlighted in the HRW report is the presence of armed groups in the east but Minister Rambukwelle reiterated that the law would be implemented against any group carrying arms illegally in the east be it the Karuna faction or any other organization. He stressed however such a process could`t be done in a day or two and would take time.