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The United States said today it would work together with Sri Lanka's new government to propose a resolution to a U.N. human rights forum that seeks to come to terms with the painful legacy of a 26-year civil war.

Washington will move the resolution, to address responsibility for alleged human rights abuses and propose a framework for reconciliation, at next month's U.N. Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

"We have recognised that there is a different opportunity that exists today and a different landscape for trying to advance reconciliation," Nisha Biswal, U.S. assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs, told reporters in Colombo. "We look forward to a process in Geneva that allows an opportunity to reflect on that."

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who led Sri Lanka in the final years of the Tamil insurgency, lost a presidential election in January and failed in his bid to come back as prime minister in the Aug. 17 polls.

The election strengthened President Maithripala Sirisena, a reformist leader who has taken steps to reconcile Sri Lankan Tamils with majority Sinhala speakers, many of whom still regard Rajapaksa as a national hero.

Biswal said the thrust of the resolution would be decided after reviewing the findings of a UN investigation into war crimes alleged to have been committed in the final phase of the civil war that ended in May 2009.

The UN has previously estimated that the final offensive ordered by Rajapaksa claimed the lives of around 40,000 Tamil civilians.(Reuters)


 
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  • Sapu Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:01 PM

    UPFA continued white van abductions after the war thats why

    Sapu Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:02 PM

    Ranil is bringing back the good reputation the Motherland lost because MR

    jagath Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:02 PM

    Putha why dont you go and ask a robber to investigate his own crimes then

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:08 PM

    Do we have persons with courage, utmost honesty, unbiased, ethical and honorable in Sri Lanka to be selected for this kind of activity? I doubt that very much.

    dharma Friday, 28 August 2015 06:17 PM

    srilanka family politics lost the credibility of srilanka . today new president came to bring the democratic country law and order was fails in previous government. minister of justice note criminal case are not in active ,judicial service is very slow in there work, many criminal are loitering in the street with help of police,

    Sapu Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:10 PM

    It is becuase the UPFA cannot be truested when they built Hotels in the North on lands owned by Tamil civilians in the name of buidling camps

    Chryshan K. Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:11 PM

    Very simple. Its credibility and trust.

    SriLankan Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:17 PM

    Cat out of the bag just after the general election..

    df Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:21 PM

    When UPFA was there , it was not yahapalanya thats the difference.

    Mike Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:57 AM

    RW is good for USA, when he says will do a domestic resolution or probe. MR is not good to USA, when he says the same in different voice.

    ram Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:40 PM

    Funny all the comments are, USA wont mid if SL army killed all the tamil people if SL would have given access to USA to waters (ocean)/ land

    dikko Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:42 PM

    The sole aim of the US is to punish MR for aligning with China

    Gobi Wednesday, 26 August 2015 06:24 PM

    you are scared of truth and justice

    Cobra Wednesday, 26 August 2015 06:45 PM

    Oh ho, now we know why Gammanpila is protesting against the domestic probe. He thinks it is also a Western Conspiracy!!!

    smokrish Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:10 PM

    The U-turn of the year 2015 characteristic of the USA

    Sikuru Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:22 PM

    @Gobi, Sri Lankans can find truth and bring justice alone as MR is no more

    raj Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:39 PM

    There are countries watching this news and may interpret that US will help them to save them from war crimes charges if their forces ever commit war crimes.

    tarzan Wednesday, 26 August 2015 03:49 PM

    can anyone please explain, y this colaveri ?when UPFA government said the same No by Usa and when UNP its YEs

    Sikuru Wednesday, 26 August 2015 03:53 PM

    Thanks to Ranil and Mangala now we are saved from an international investigation

    gg Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:24 PM

    go back to tamil nadu


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