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Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana attends a press conference after a signing ceremony at his office in Colombo on August 18, 2017. Marapana, a former attorney general and a senior aide to the prime minister, was assigned the ministry vacated last week after Ravi Karunanayake resigned under a cloud of controversy. ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP

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Constitution won’t permit foreign judges, says FM Marapana


Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC, yesterday said foreign judges couldn’t be accommodated in domestic judicial mechanisms in accordance with the Constitution.

He said so when The Island asked him whether he, would as a former Attorney General, in addition to his newest responsibilities look into the Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the ruling UNP-SLFP coalition at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Oct. 2015 meant to establish judicial mechanism to address accountability issues.

Marapana was appointed Foreign Minister following Ravi Karunanayake’s resignation.

Marapana said that he deeply regretted the circumstances under which he had received the portfolio, unexpectedly. He said the government was on the right track in implementing Geneva Resolution 30/1.

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