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UN official reassures Wigneswaran OISL report will be released in Sept

The UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, reassured the North's chief minister, C V Wigneswaran during a meeting in Jaffna on Tuesday that the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka would definitely be released in September.

The report, which was due to be publishing this month at the UN Human Rights Council's 28th session, was last month deferred till the 30th session, by member states.

"When I asked what would happen if certain member states try to delay the report [further], he [Mr Feltham] gave me his assurance that it would be published in September," Mr Wigneswaran told reporters following the meeting.

"Importantly, he [Mr Feltham] asked questions about the political situation," Mr Wigneswaran went on to say.

"He asked questions regarding the significance and meaning of bringing a resolution on genocide. In response we replied that this document illustrates the feelings of our people," he said, adding that the government's statement that the military would not be removed from the Tamil areas also caused the Tamil people significant distress.

"We have, when given the opportunity, revealed the issues that affect us very deeply," the chief minister said he had told Mr Feltman.

"If the Tamil people and Sinhala people are to live together peacefully then they [Sinhala people] must know what we feel. On that basis a document such as this details the problems faced by the Tamil people to date," Mr Wigneswaran said.

"It is on that basis that they should take this document. They should not take it as racist," he added, in an apparent reference to comments by Sri Lanka's prime minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe that the resolution was "racist".

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