The Government has received a copy of the UN report on the investigation into the alleged war crimes which happened during the last stages of the war against the LTTE, a senior official of the foreign ministry said.
According to the official, the government has already prepared a preliminary report and will re-organize details in accordance with the issues raised in the UN report.
According to the Foreign Ministry officials, Sri Lanka which received the report on Friday night has five days to prepare the response to it in writing.
The report is slated for public release at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council which begins on Monday (September 14) in Geneva.
According to the foreign ministry official an expert team which includes both politicians and other officials are currently perusing the details in the UN report.
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have had discussions on the issue today.
Also sources said that the President has consulted Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe who has previous experience on dealing with the UNHRC as the former President’s special envoy on human rights.
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne left for Geneva a couple of days back. Samaraweera is scheduled to address the Council on its opening day on 14 September.
According to the foreign ministry official Samaraweera will lay focus on the new government’s reconciliation efforts and the mechanism for domestic inquiry in his opening address.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will present his report on Sri Lanka on the 30th September. The presentation is to be followed by a discussion.