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Resolution on SL adopted, 24-15

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The US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the 19 session of the UNHRC in Geneva was adopted short while ago with 24 countries voting for & 15 against 8 abstained

India voted in favour of a resolution backed by the United States at the UNHCR sessions conducted today. The UN's top human rights body has passed a resolution calling on Sri Lanka to properly investigate alleged war crimes during its 26-year conflict with the Tamil Tigers.


Sri Lanka and its allies on the 47-member council had fiercely resisted the resolution saying it unduly interfered in the country's domestic affairs and could hinder its reconciliation process.

But backers, such as the United States, the European Union and India, say credible probes into alleged crimes committed by both sides are an important step for justice and equality in post-conflict Sri Lanka.

China however backed Sri Lanka and opposed the proposed UN resolution.

Bangladesh has voted against the resolution on Sri Lanka, saying that there is a disturbing selectivity when deciding which countries to bring resolutions against. It however called on the government to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission. Mexico has supported the resolution.

China has said that the resolution against Sri Lanka are contrary to the interests of the UN charter and called on all members of the council to vote against it. The Chinese delegate said that the resolution was a blatant violation of Sri Lanka’s rights as a sovereign nation, and amounted to interference in the domestic affairs of the country. Speaking immediately afterwards, the Maldives also voted against the resolution saying that while it supported accountability as a concept, it felt Sri Lanka had not been given enough time to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Committee. Indonesia has also voted against the resolution.

Thailand praises Sri Lankan efforts at reconciliation and votes against the resolution. The Philippines and Nigeria have also voted against the resolution. Philippines said that they did not support resolutions targeted at certain countries, particularly those just coming out of a post war situation.

Russia says that outside intervention in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka would be counter productive and says they take the view that the country situations may be considered in the council only with the agreement of the country concerned. Ecuador also voted against the resolution.

Uruguay has voted for the resolution and asked the Sri Lankan government to also look into the issues of forced disappearances and the harassment and abduction of Human Rights defenders in the country.

Kirghystan has abstained on the basis that the Sri Lankan government has not had enough time to implement the resolutions of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission.

Cuba has said that the draft resolution against Sri Lanka smacked of hypocrisy and double standards, particularly by countries who were sponsoring the initiative. In a strongly worded speech, the Cuban delegate said that if the US and EU were asking for an investigation in Sri Lanka, why they did not demand a similar investigation into civilian deaths in the NATO sponsored campaign in Libya, and the US war in Iraq. They said they were a friend of Sri Lanka and could not support the resolution.
 
The US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka is currently up for debate in the United Nations Human Rights Convention in Sri Lanka. Speaking at the council debate, Sri Lanka said it was vehemently opposed to the resolution in its current form. The Sri lankan delegate said, “The resolution runs counter to the international law principle that local remedies should be exhausted”. He added that the resolution by UNHRC would allow the LTTE to resume under the protection of the Council.

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-223+243 # Kolomba Kaka 2012-03-22 17:38
Now we know who our real friends are and those on the fence!
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-168+367 # kurma 2012-03-22 19:27
Friends or no friends. Its a symbolic victory for JUSTICE
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-42+98 # what the fish 2012-03-22 22:50
so this whole resolution was about finding who our true friends were, was it?
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-302+513 # Dinithi 2012-03-22 17:38
Back stabbing India!! They created the LTTE, protected Prabhakaran twice, waited till thousands of people die, and now Sri Lanka is made the guilty party. None of this would not have happened if they did not create a monster like the LTTE. But India is now clean and asking us to clean up our act. Now I can underatand why Pakistanis hate India so much.
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-71+237 # Ravi 2012-03-22 18:20
Why did SL given such opportunity to india?
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-45+146 # Prem 2012-03-22 19:04
India is in a situation like '' gedara giyith AMBU nasi maga hitiyot THO nasi''
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-78+113 # shan 2012-03-22 18:26
India, its well known story at last with us bangaldesh and maldives only very soon these two countries also will face same problems because of supporting lanka
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-26+273 # Prabath 2012-03-22 18:28
India is the only Asian country voted in favour of a resolution backed by the United States
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-309+290 # imca 2012-03-22 17:38
Thankyou!!

Bangaldeshi Good luck for Asia cup!!
Chines
Ugandaian
Indonesiyan
Kuwaitien
Maldivians
Qatarian
Saudi Arabian
Philippianian
Thailand
Cuban
Ecuador
Russian

You people have a strong back-bone!!
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-23+124 # RajasH 2012-03-22 19:38
you are in good company
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-5+5 # ss 2012-03-23 20:54
Yes...rogue country!
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-30+71 # saro 2012-03-22 19:38
he he he
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-50+52 # hema 2012-03-22 20:14
We are greatful to you.
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-122+197 # GOPI 2012-03-22 21:23
We also need to thank the following countries for taking Sri Lanka to the right direction.

Thanks

Austria, Belgium, Benin, Cameroon, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Italy, Libya, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United States and Uruguay
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-6+8 # Nalin 2012-03-23 17:18
You have thanked all the these great nations NOW you have to migrate to a western country if you want to live your life like a human.
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-287+214 # Nodrog 2012-03-22 17:38
So.....the hypocrites and bullies have won! Good to know who our friends are.
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-10+148 # Loving Sri Lankan 2012-03-22 17:40
Ok now what next???
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-27+99 # saro 2012-03-22 19:39
party????????????????/
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-187+293 # Bhumi 2012-03-22 17:41
Time to invite China to set up Base in SL
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-41+300 # kurma 2012-03-22 17:59
Start learning Chinese language
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-38+234 # pilpa 2012-03-22 18:59
china will occupy Srilanka soon
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-32+163 # Ravi 2012-03-22 19:25
They not that stupid!, They will colonies SL. Already Chinese are working in SL while there are lot lankans looking for jobs!
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-310+231 # sukiri 2012-03-22 17:41
The biggest terrorist the world today is the UN itself
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-30+185 # Mohmed Ismail 2012-03-22 18:00
today is first hit
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-121+99 # Kanthi 2012-03-22 19:29
But Mohamed lets see how its going to be implemented. We sri lankans must not cow down to US. They are the worlds number one Human Rights abusers. They killed so many in Afhanistan and Libya and made chaos in Iraq. Let them pay for these.
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-2+2 # ss 2012-03-23 20:56
we welcome...so that we can hit srilanka openly!
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-19+75 # Ravi 2012-03-22 18:33
Is that mean all government around the world!
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-16+37 # Yuri 2012-03-22 22:48
You seems like do not like truth
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-204+159 # Chandana Amaradasa 2012-03-22 17:45
why not Sl should sponser a resolution against India & US for big time war crimes in Kashmir & Irag,afgan & pakistan as well.....
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-72+133 # Mohmed Ismail 2012-03-22 17:51
joke? you tiny island cant do
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-90+234 # Bindu 2012-03-22 17:47
It is a Win for Truth & Humanity
Lost for Untruthful, Broken-promises & Cheating
People of SL Please wake-up
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-168+100 # peter 2012-03-22 17:48
dont worry, they (us) showed how politically powered they are..., not only that covered nations around them.

thank for all the countries who see what happend n is happening in srilanka (Specially china and), we all are srilankan we got strength to go ahead, keep things going well we can show how we are in 3 years ,
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-62+117 # Mohmed Ismail 2012-03-22 17:48
WELCOME! WELCOME! INSHA ALLAH!
ALLAH WITH US. WE ARE NOT AGAINST TAMIL.
WE DEMAND US TO HELD ELECTION IN NORTH EAST.
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-66+76 # ASH 2012-03-22 19:45
M Ismail is a pseudonym for tamil person writing in the guise of a muslim. the LTTE massacred muslims as well in their masjids
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-131+72 # ravi 2012-03-22 17:49
ok indians get out
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-172+135 # Leela 2012-03-22 17:49
India knew the US cares two hoots about Indian unity. Yet, they vote with the US to stisfy the racist Tamil Nadu Tamils. Let's stick to our true friends and watch those who sleep with dogs get up with ticks.
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-102+93 # Nimal 2012-03-22 17:52
Yes, Once they slept with this dogs and lost their Leader Rajeev Gandhi. Will see this time.....
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-161+125 # DXB -Real UNP 2012-03-22 17:52
Very soon UN will be liqudated ,

We are Sri Lankan and we stand with our mother land , we fight against MR and brothers on a different subjects , but when any one try take over the field , we will stand along with MR brothers to save it .
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-21+90 # wombat 2012-03-22 17:55
Just looking at the votes for the comments show who's more interested in this news
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-112+206 # damn it Sri Lanka 2012-03-22 17:55
Excellent outcome!!!! We thought West was blind!!! Thank you for teaching a lesson.
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-84+85 # Mohmed Ismail 2012-03-22 18:30
WE THANK TO GOD, SRI LANKA 2 COUNTRIES
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-24+146 # Sena 2012-03-22 17:57
So no vote here from China or Russia . Whats next? Its better for Sri lanka to take stock of what has gone on. All the countries which Import Sri Lankan products and keep our manufacturing plants working with jobs for hundreds of thousands of people with tariff concessions have voted against us- there is no point calling them enemies. Our friends in reality have told us that there is a lot of work to do by ourselves for the sake of national unity and human rights.This is not interference buy advise from those who support us with MONEY
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-160+280 # Saskia 2012-03-22 17:58
Very happy about the final result. Thanks for all the countries which have voted for this resolution.
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-141+78 # Seetha 2012-03-22 17:37
Wonder what you have gained from this? if it makes you happy, good for you !!!!.... but its sad to see how narrow minded one can be.....
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-50+141 # Saskia 2012-03-22 19:03
The gain is justice and more value for human rights.
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-37+126 # damnyousrilanka 2012-03-22 17:58
Value human life ...if not rather be dead
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-68+217 # RajasH 2012-03-22 18:01
This is a good vote for all peace loving Sri Lankans
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-54+169 # XS 2012-03-22 18:01
begin the journey of genuine reconciliation or face the separation.
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-139+63 # biasedman 2012-03-22 18:03
UNHRC has more western countries so its not fair...
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-111+77 # lal 2012-03-22 18:38
India will have to live with this and non of her neighbours will ever trust the back stabber.
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-96+276 # Dushy Ranetunge 2012-03-22 18:04
Thank you, United States and the EU. Lets hope at least we now have some quality governance in SL.
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-1+0 # Realist 2012-03-24 12:33
This is not about quality of governance but an attempt at controlling sri lanka to keep with western interests.
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-111+256 # tamila 2012-03-22 18:06
Thanks for voted in favour of resolution..............G
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-123+125 # m.k.m.Aslam 2012-03-22 18:11
my saloute for those countries who have voted in favour of sri lanka.
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-71+223 # bobbby 2012-03-22 18:13
EYE OPENER TO SRILANKA.HOPE THIS WILL DEVELOP A GOOD DEMOCRACY IN SRILANKA.Thanks US and Europe
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-34+146 # jeeva 2012-03-22 18:18
this is just first step guys..
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-39+154 # Dinesh 2012-03-22 18:27
this has nothing do with democracy or anything. Just to implement the recommendations of the LLRC that's it. Stop hoping that USA and the EU is going to come marching to SL. Half the Sri Lankans are crazy, don't know what you guys are talking about. Even the resolution was watered down just because the USA wanted a win somehow.
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-78+180 # selvan 2012-03-22 18:34
Thanks for all the countries which have voted for this resolution.
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-42+132 # Sanjay 2012-03-22 18:56
I am really happy that the resolution passed. This shows that you cannot fool all the people all the time.
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-38+15 # siripala 2012-03-22 18:56
Why West indies and Zimbabwe did not vote?
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-1+0 # Adam & Eve 2012-03-22 19:11
Current regime never acted with transparency nor accountability. They have never been true patriots. True patriots are those who love the society, and not the ones who lead the society to a slow distruction and death (see the number of open crimes that take place in SL now) like the present rulers do in the disguise of patriotism.

Analysing the whole scenario, it is the current rulers who gave enough opportunities for Imperialism to encroach our land. They are dirty enough even to use this as an opportunity to keep in power.

Pray that somebody will step forward to save the country from the present disastrous rulers and then from the imperials.
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-18+55 # Modaya 2012-03-22 19:12
Game us up for Sri Lanka
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-21+178 # Emanuel Appuhamy 2012-03-22 19:15
Please can someone tell me what is wrong with this resolution. My understanding is, International Community want SL to implement the LLRC recommendations . Why are we so upset about it ? Anything wrong with implementing them ? Have we forgotten about the findings, recomandations and reports from various inquires and commissions and of course Mervin's inquiries. What happened to those reports and findings ? Any action taken by the government ? King Rajapakse was ready to send the LLRC report down the same way. International Community is not as oblivious as Rajapakse & co think. We need to maintain law and order in our country, not Rajapakse's brain washing, bribery, intimidation and terror.
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-58+22 # Nodrog 2012-03-22 19:17
After the veto on Syria by Russia and China the US desperately wanted a win at the UN so they watered down the resolution on SL to ensure it would be passed......it's not all that bad guys! And the Lankans who are rejoicing remember you too will be affected by sanctions, if any, are passed on SL.
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-11+88 # Sajith 2012-03-22 19:18
Look at this Bandaranayake, Srimavo, & JR. Your irresponsible politics and poor vision led this once proud Sri Lanka to this stage. If you guys acted properly there was no room for India to meddle in SL and train Tamil youths.
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-24+30 # Mohmed Himas 2012-03-22 19:27
"The Philippines and Nigeria have also voted against the resolution.
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-24+83 # Visman 2012-03-22 19:29
This isnt against srilanka, its against something happened in srilanka. Backbone, Betrayal... enough of those bullshits.
If you have backbone and not willing to betray anybody call upon an independent investigation!!
I didnt take your pen but i want let any one check my purse.
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-74+108 # Indian 2012-03-22 19:31
Sincere suggestion to lankans. Look at India
India has 50 Major languages. Every state has its own language, culture, So it came up with a federal structure based on language and each state has a state govt, Chief minister and governor and a common central govt. Why are sirilanka follow this. You can have 2 states one for tamils and one for sinhalese and a common central govt. This solution will work. But you need to be bold.
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-76+72 # kasun 2012-03-22 19:42
sri lanka is an small island it is 60 times lesser than ur country even ur tamil nadu is clode to sri lanka land capacity. so if u are a well educated man just ask from ur self whether it is possible to devide a small country in to two parts? and since u are an indian u might not that much aware of sri lanka there is no problems between tamils and sinhalese we are livels here peacefully .. so before making a comment specially regarding a country u may go to that land and study the situation and after that u can make a good decision on that. if sri lanka seperated in to two parts whole economy and culture and lots of things will be collapse it will effect for sri lankan it means for sinhalese,tamil s ,muslims , burgers, malay and so on..SO what is the purpose of deviding a country in to peices if there is no use of doing that for the people who are living in that country..
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-0+0 # Sajeeth 2012-03-22 22:12
So, how about Switzerland, a small country has 26 states with own police and all. only finance and military with central. when u divide as states, administration power will increase, by that could develop more, So, devide it as 9 states, give the rights, police, land rights, have the finance and military with central.
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-56+44 # Ashan 2012-03-22 19:43
Then What about the muslims?? another state ?? is it?? India is 60 times larger than SL. Think of it.. And there aren't any issue to the Tamil people living in sri lanka because of tamil. the problems they faced with poverty and all are common to all.
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-64+53 # siribiris 2012-03-22 19:53
Read your own history man. see how you militarily crushed Tamil Nadu claim for independence...Shame on you india...
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-1+1 # ss 2012-03-23 21:00
better study history man! TN never asked for Independence ever!
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-11+36 # hewa 2012-03-22 19:34
A FOREGONE CONCLUSION...!
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-81+64 # NF 2012-03-22 19:42
USA is No 1 in the World for Huma Rights violations!!!!! I hope the rest of the World will unite to take action against USA!!!
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-66+13 # Chandra 2012-03-22 19:47
TNA, time is closer.
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-32+76 # Priya 2012-03-22 19:48
If not anything, I think SL learned a valuable lesson today!
Even if all the other countries voted against SL, the fact that India betrayed SL was the hardest to stomach...
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-69+41 # Lapas 2012-03-22 21:17
Most of the Muslim Countries have voted against the resolution, A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL, AND ALSO TO THE OTHER COUNTRIES WHO HAVE SUPPORTED SRI LANKA
This shows the wisdom of these countries.
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-78+42 # Mervyn 2012-03-22 20:02
Now MR's Govt. is aware of the actual supportive actions of real and assumed friends of Sri Lanka, it should rethink with whom Sri Lanka should do business the future. Very specially India supporting the US should be an eye opener. To consider projects like, Oil exploration around Mannar, Renovation of Northern Railway line from Madawachchi to KKS, the fuel sales outlets by foreign firms, and other pending projects. It is better to know your friends and keep them where they are but deal with real friends who helped Sri Lanka at the time of need without bending over for a FIST full of Dollars.
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-2+1 # Priya 2012-03-23 12:30
@ Mervyn,
Who are our real friends?
Everyone has their own agenda and interests at heart!
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-55+118 # shan 2012-03-22 21:03
Thank You Our friends.

United States, UK, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Nigeria, mauritius, Costarica, Czechrepublic, Cameroon, & Libya.

You are the real democrative Countrys.
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-114+59 # Nipuna 2012-03-22 21:15
Very Dissapoitng.. yet we owe a big thank for Russia, Cuba, China and other countries for their true friendship.
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-0+0 # aj 2012-03-22 22:10
Libya vote again mr ;plol
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-0+0 # ravi 2012-03-22 22:13
:((
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-31+30 # hema ruhunuhewa 2012-03-23 07:51
GOOD BYE INDIA ! WE ARE GOING TO CHINA
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-10+29 # Javi 2012-03-23 08:30
Justice survived in International, Now all the Sri Lankan need to unite for Justice domestically
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-4+28 # Kalani Raja 2012-03-23 09:28
What ? Even Libya voted against us?
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-0+0 # Wombat 2012-03-25 11:36
Remember its not Gaddafi land now
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-0+1 # KUMUDU 2012-03-23 16:50
What would happen next?
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-0+2 # Musthafa 2012-03-24 11:12
This resolution increased the support of president by another 20%,

If any election comes now it is suer Mahinda will get 85% of the total poll!!!
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-2+0 # admirersinn 2012-03-24 11:30
Out of 13 nations 6 countries are Muslims. They also against human right?
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