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Archbishop of Canterbury presses Sri Lanka government on human rights reforms: The Church of England Newspaper, June 3, 2011 p 9. June 8, 2011

Posted by geoconger in Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of Ceylon, Church of England Newspaper.

The Archbishop of Canterbury with Sri Lankan Deputy Foreign Minister Neomal Perera (left) and High Commissioner PM Azma (right) at Lambeth Palace on May 12

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, has pressed the government of Sri Lanka to address “issues of human rights” in the South Asian nation at a meeting with the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister and High Commissioner at Lambeth Palace on May 12.

Dr. Williams discussed the Sri Lankan government’s response to the April 11 UN report that accused the army and rebel forces of committing war crimes in the closing days of the war.  The archbishop spoke of the “profound and urgent need for an equitable, inclusive and sustainable political settlement in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s internal conflict” with  Foreign Minister Neomal Perera and  Acting High Commission P.M. Amza, a statement issued at the close of the meeting said.

The archbishop also “stressed the importance of avoiding any culture of impunity with respect to human rights violations, and of transparency” of the reconstruction and reconciliation programmes for the devastated regions.  Dr. Williams is metropolitan of the Church of Ceylon and oversees the dioceses of Colombo and Kurunagala.

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