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Sri Lanka is looking forward to UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay’s visit and was hopeful that she would provide a balanced and objective report on the island to the UN Human Rights Council’s next session in September, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

Pillay will visit Sri Lanka on August 25 on a week-long visit to take stock of the country’s progress on reconciliation since the end of the three-decade long conflict.

The President’s Special Envoy on Human Rights and Minister of Plantation Industries added that Pillay would be able to see the progress made by Sri Lanka in the reconciliation sphere since the civil war with the LTTE ended 4 years ago.

Sri Lanka would also record the progress of its own Human Rights Action Plan and the progress in the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission with the UN rights chief.

Pillay’s Lanka visit assumes importance in the back drop of two successive US-sponsored UNHRC resolutions against Sri Lanka which urged the government to achieve progress on reconciliation with the Tamil minority.

Pillay has visits planned to the north, the former war zone, and will meet political leaders and civil society members.