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17 Sep 2015
Statement by Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, and Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, on accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

The United Nations Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, called for the establishment of credible accountability and reconciliation mechanisms for Sri Lanka.

Special Adviser Welsh highlighted that "the Sri Lankan government has the primary responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. This responsibility entails bringing to account those responsible for crimes committed but also taking concrete steps to prevent their recurrence." She encouraged Sri Lanka to consider assistance from the international community in exercising its responsibility to protect, particularly considering the culture of impunity that has pervaded Sri Lankan society and its institutions for many years.