The Government has taken a final decision not to sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement with the USA, Government Media Spokesman and Investment Promotion State Minister Keheliya Rambukwella announced yesterday.
The Minister also disclosed that the concerns raised by the UN Human Rights Council about post-war reconciliation would be addressed by a new Presidential Commission to be appointed after the forthcoming General Election.
Addressing a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday, Rambukwella dismissed speculation about retaliatory sanctions for Sri Lanka’s withdrawal of sponsorship of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 passed by the UNHRC in 2015.
Pressed by journalists on the matter, the State Minister expressed his confidence that any such move would be vetoed at the UN Security Council by the powers allied with Sri Lanka. “The UNHRC cannot impose sanctions. It must be done by the UN Security Council. We have 2-3 powerful allies in that forum who have faith in our country. The pertinent question here is as to whether we give in to the pressures of the Tamil Diaspora at international fora where they try to press us to the wall with a pistol to the head or whether we fight back with our might by presenting fair facts and reasons,” he said.