The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein will be in Sri Lanka early next month, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said in a statement today.
The outgoing UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Subinay Nandy had confirmed this today during a meeting with the Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka Rishad Bathiudeen.
During the visit Zeid Al Hussein will discuss several issues including the issue of Internally Displaced Persons still in camps, Nandy had told the Minister.
“I am not saying good-byes right away since I shall be back to Sri Lanka accompanying UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein in his next month’s visit to Colombo. The resilience shown by Sri Lankans is very amazing” Nandy had said, according to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Nandy is leaving for his next assignment in New York concluding his Colombo stint that began in May 2011.
“I have a feeling of warmth towards you despite you being a Cabinet Minister. I always held you in high regard. The IDP cause you have been promoting in Sri Lankan has not been looked after well, Nandy said.
He also said that he was pleased that there is a frank discussion taking place in Sri Lanka on securing the status of minorities.
Nandy said that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein is also pleased with Sri Lanka’s present leadership and their commitment towards the minorities. (Colombo Gazette)