COLOMBO, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government on Sunday said it is ready to investigate the allegations raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay who claimed that some people she met during her Sri Lankan visit last week had been threatened.
Government spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella however said that Pillay's office must provide evidence to prove the allegations in order to investigate it.
Rambukwella told Xinhua that some groups may attempt to discredit the government by either threatening those who spoke to her or making false claims to that effect.
"We take these claims very seriously," the minister emphasized.
Pillay told reporters at a media briefing on Saturday that she had received reports that people in villages and settlements in the north of Sri Lanka were visited by police or military officers after she had visited the area and several people she met were subsequently questioned about the contents of the conversation she had with them.
"I wish to stress that the United Nations takes the issue of reprisals against people because they have talked to UN officials as an extremely serious matter, and I will be reporting those that take place in connection with this visit to the Human Rights Council," she said.
Rambukwella however noted that some groups with vested interests may even try to pass false information to Pillay with an ulterior motive.
He said it was clear from the start there were those who had an agenda to achieve during her visit and so she should not be misled by false allegations.