US to lobby support against SL

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The United States (US), the prime mover of the resolution on Sri Lanka while calling for an international inquiry into human rights violations, has called for another side event in Geneva on March 18 to lobby for support, a spokesman said yesterday.

Previously, the US called for a similar informal session on March 7, on the sidelines of the UNHRC session, and around 30 countries interested in Sri Lanka’s issue attended the event.

The United Kingdom, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Mauritius are the other co-sponsors of the resolution.

The draft resolution, submitted to the UNHRC, has asked for an international inquiry into the allegations of human rights violations and accountability issues. It also calls for impartial inquiries into the Weliweriya shooting incident and the attacks on the places of religious worship.

An External Affairs Ministry spokesman told the Daily Mirror that Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva remained engaged with    the countries concerned about this resolution and its content.

“At the March 7 meeting, some countries spoke for Sri Lanka. We rejected this resolution. It is a bad precedent. If it is adopted, it will have dire consequences on the other developing countries involved in the UN process,” he said.

The five UN Security Council member countries - China, Russia, France, the UK and the US also - hold membership of the UNHRC this time. However, none of them has veto power in the UNHRC because each vote is given equal value.

Meanwhile, some TNA members of the Northern Provincial Council have gone to Geneva to lobby for the resolution. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Blind Man Thursday, 13 March 2014 07:49 AM

    This proves that most countries are not happy with the US and UK resolution

    CHC Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:00 AM

    Who is sponsoring the TNA visit? USA, Canada and UK???

    max Friday, 14 March 2014 10:08 AM

    these american idiots have no brains.which sri lankan support to suffer with sanctions ???.sanctions against only who did crimes,will attract support from from all lankans.

    Suq Madique Thursday, 13 March 2014 02:26 AM

    The US and others are looking at skeletons in our closet when their backyards are virtual bloody cemetaries

    Shandy Thursday, 13 March 2014 02:40 AM

    Looks like US does not have enough support, they have to work harder this time around.

    Obama-khan - silva Thursday, 13 March 2014 06:06 PM

    SL crimes nothing compare to invading Iraq, Afghanistan and funding rebels in Iran via DM Android App

    ABC Thursday, 13 March 2014 08:49 AM

    Now it is very clear who are the enemies of the SL? via DM Android App

    Malin Saturday, 15 March 2014 04:37 AM

    Uncle Sam should read London based GUARDIAN about human rights violations by America


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