Sri Lanka has called on the United Nations to remain impartial while fully respecting the principle of sovereign equality in its all interactions with member states.
The UN as the largest global body committed to ensure the rights of every human being should treat every member country alike.
The Sri Lanka delegation said there had been instances where unproven allegations of human rights violations were used as instruments to unduly pressurize and manipulate contributions to peacekeeping by governments for undue political gains.
This was stated in a written statement made to the High-level open debate of the UN Security Council on “Peace Operations and Human Rights”.
Sri Lanka appreciates Germany’s efforts to initiate discussion on the timely subject of “Peace Operations and Human Rights” and the delegation wishes Germany every success as President of the Security Council for the month of July and is confident that it will be a productive tenure.
The Island nation remains fully committed to UN Peacekeeping and upholding human rights.
This context has taken a number of measures to ensure that all Sri Lankan Peacekeepers are suitably trained and fully equipped with theoretical knowledge and practical application of all necessary functions of peacekeeping, including the promotion and protection of human rights.
Towards this end, a comprehensive package of education and training on relevant subjects are included in the pre-deployment training courses and continuity is maintained during the deployment by way of in-mission training, conducted in consultation with UN authorities, Sri Llanka delegation said.