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The United States yesterday stated that Sri Lanka should listen to the words of the international community.

“They (Sri Lanka) should implement the plan that they have never implemented. They should listen to the words of the international community.  . . We want to see the Sri Lankans take their own decisions. As we’ve said before, if those are not forthcoming, the international community will look at other steps we can take,” State Department Spokesperson, Victoria Nuland said during the daily press briefing yesterday.

Following is the transcript of yesterday’s briefing by Ms. Nuland:

Q: Madam, after this UN Security Council – Human Rights Council vote on Sri Lanka, what are the consequences or what do you think the Sri Lankan government should do now?

MS. NULAND: As you know, we welcome the passage of this new resolution; 24 other countries also voted for it. We call on the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its obligations to its own people. The resolution very clearly expresses the support of the international community for Sri Lanka, addressing its outstanding issues related to reconciliation and for meeting its obligations for accountability, which it has not yet done.

Q: Since this resolution has been going on for some time, and I’m sure there was ample warning and discussions and dialogue with Sri Lankan government or officials, either from the U.S. or UN or other international community, was there any time when – that Sri Lanka could have avoided this resolution against them?

MS. NULAND: We’ve talked about this for the past week here, Goyal, and I said that we had made clear, including when senior Sri Lankans had visited Washington, that if they didn’t take steps that they could – would see this kind of a resolution coming forward. That was about six months ago, and we didn’t see any progress.

  Comments - 28

  • Dalubanda Sunday, 24 March 2013 05:53 AM

    Read the artical "The Coming Collapse Of The United States Of America Doomsday warnings of US apocalypse gain ground "by Professor Igor Panarin and after 10 -15 years this headache would be over.

    Giann Monday, 25 March 2013 06:26 AM

    Sorry USA, Sri Lanka will listen only to what Sri Lankans want and only that will be implemented and nothing else.

    Nodrog Monday, 25 March 2013 05:45 AM

    We don't know their power but we do know their double-standards and of their hypocrisy. The US are bullies and will never stand up to anyone whom they think will are capable striking back

    Be fair...... Monday, 25 March 2013 04:37 AM

    Yes Ma'am We will, always
    ............................will you also listen to the world, especially small countries like ours. I think NOT.....!!!!!

    zacky Monday, 25 March 2013 03:52 AM

    Victoria Nuland, leave Sri lanka alone.with your ideas.

    Doc Santa Sunday, 24 March 2013 04:00 PM

    plese don't ask visas to these countries , also !

    Gon Banda Sunday, 24 March 2013 03:47 PM

    All I could say is to Ms. Nuland is: "Physician heal thy self first"

    Kit udugama Sunday, 24 March 2013 03:29 PM

    Oh! Sure sure . Listen to this broad

    karma Sunday, 24 March 2013 01:39 PM

    DO YOU KNOW THE POWER USA...........

    karma Sunday, 24 March 2013 01:37 PM


    AAAA Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:12 PM

    Dr. S Bandaranaike,, Next President

    AAAA Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:10 PM

    Don't worry,, Next PRESIDENT is Dr. Sirani Bandaranaike

    Nodrog Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:03 PM

    Otherwise what? Accuse us of possessing WMD and invade us like you did Iraq?

    Kris Johnson Sunday, 24 March 2013 08:51 AM

    We Sri Lankan are a bunch of frogs living inside a well.

    MM Saturday, 23 March 2013 11:02 AM

    Yes...Madam... we are listening to International Community!

    Thomas Sunday, 24 March 2013 05:24 AM

    Sri Lanka is a Prodigal son, so excuse!

    Emil Nanayakkara Sunday, 24 March 2013 05:01 AM

    Why we should listen to the world policeman?

    saman Sunday, 24 March 2013 04:01 AM

    yes, along with UK and EU!

    dias Sunday, 24 March 2013 03:53 AM

    That is including USA also But what a about the killing Sadam hussain,Gaddafi,and Bin Laden,what are the consequences on this still the people are suffering in this countrys,

    Kit Udugama Sunday, 24 March 2013 03:16 AM

    How come these donkeys never say a word about the horrendous atrocities committed by the LTTE against the Sinhala people and against some of Jaffna Tamils ??

    They have been bought by the LTTE for money and other favours

    Vandabona Saturday, 23 March 2013 06:00 PM

    Don't you people have any better work to do? Do something to halt the economic recession that's staring at your country and Europe again. Please leave us alone! Saturday, 23 March 2013 05:39 PM

    Pakistan's Ambassador Zamir Akram, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said that Muslim states had "a great deal of reservations and anxieties" about postponing the review of Israel.

    "What is surprising for us is the level of leverage and the level of understanding being extended to Israel by some countries for its behavior in violation of all of its obligations," he said.

    "We wonder if this cooperative spirit would be extended to some other country not so close to some major powers in this world," Akram added in an apparent reference to Washington.

    sanjeea Saturday, 23 March 2013 05:29 PM

    we will never listen!... You cannot do anything... This is OUR COUTRY you mind your own business...

    shan Saturday, 23 March 2013 05:19 PM

    The United States was the only member of the 47-nation council to vote against each of the Arab-backed resolutions. U.S. envoy Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe said Washington also disagreed with Israel over the settlement, but said the U.S. "continues to be deeply troubled by this council's biased and disproportionate focus on Israel."

    shan Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:54 PM

    24 nations is not Int community, whilst when it comes to Israel and Palestine at the very body..where over 100 votes are counted.. the USA says the UNHCR is politically motivated, One sided and bias.

    Shan Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:35 PM

    Is America the International Community?

    Gon Banda Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:27 PM

    This is double speak as is the usual custom of the USA. They always play to the gallery and do nothing for the real issues. The diaspora money and influence in US politics is obvious.

    Nadi Karunaratne Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:49 PM

    They should but they won't - they like talking but not listening and can't do thinking at all.

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