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Ahead of the March UNHRC session, the United States will dispatch its newly appointed Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal to Sri Lanka next month to review the progress of implementing measures outlined in the previous resolution on Sri Lanka, the Daily Mirror learns.

Ms. Biswal, a US diplomat of Indian origin, replaced Robert O’ Blake who previously served in this position. She was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs on October 21, 2013. Previously, Ms. Biswal served from September 2010 as Assistant Administrator for Asia at USAID, where she oversaw $1.2 billion in assistance to 22 countries from Central Asia to the Pacific Islands.

She is due here in the second week of January to hold talks with top leaders of Sri Lanka across the political divide. It is learnt that she will hold talks with External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris on the steps taken by the government in the implementation of the measures outlined in the US sponsored resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March this year.

The resolution called for the government to implement constructive recommendations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and to address allegations of human rights violations during the latter part of the war.

Sri Lanka’s issue is to be taken up again for review at the session scheduled for March, 2014.  UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay submitted her report to the UNHRC based on her fact finding mission to Sri Lanka in September this year.  Meanwhile, the government will also initiate diplomatic action to brief the international community on achievements made on the ground in the implementation of the LLRC recommendations. For that purpose, Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga will head for Geneva during the latter part of January to brief the permanent representatives of different countries, ahead of the UNHRC session. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • BOSTON Friday, 27 December 2013 05:49 AM

    So what is the end result for Sri Lanka. I am sure she is coming here to reiterate what David Cameron said. " ..... that USA will support an another resolution to have an independent inquiry into war crimes".

    Santa Friday, 27 December 2013 12:42 AM

    She ought to be working on getting back the special privileges of US diplomats withdrawn by India.

    joe Friday, 27 December 2013 12:51 AM

    Biswani shame on you .. go to Afghanistan and Iraq do not be a shame for your Country... USA killed millions what are you going to investigate.. you covered female. shame on you you brown skinned female.. do not go to Sri Lanka first go to Iraq American killed millions in those countries and Afghanistan so disgraceful you are ....the souls of killed by Americans will haunt for you.. you cannot sleep...they are children. infants and elderly....

    SAM Friday, 27 December 2013 05:58 AM

    In my opinion UN could have sent the peace keeping force and derailed the entire war and saved Prabah the terrorist. Fortunately UN did not resort to the act. We have won the match. Let's pay the fine for our wrong doings and finish it off without further dragging. After all we do not have anything to hide other than the bilateral damages.

    Goofy Friday, 27 December 2013 12:59 AM

    Waiting for the comments from Modawansa, Dr.Silva and the of course the brothers.

    Goofy Friday, 27 December 2013 01:00 AM

    Uncle Sam on the prowl. The best way to have justice done in Sri Lanka.

    Mason Friday, 27 December 2013 06:04 AM

    Will Mervyn propose marriage to this lady as well !!

    Ramani Friday, 27 December 2013 01:43 AM

    If there is any allegation on human rights violations by any organization it should be substantiated with eye-witnesses! It is extremely unfair for UN/Human Rights Watch or any country to point finger at Sri Lanka without proper eye witnesses. Since Lanka being a small country who defeated terrorism successfully therefore US and other powerful nations are unhappy due to political and economic reasons . Those countries who criticize Sri Lanka have got far more worse records than us. This situation tantamount to hypocrisy! Ridiculous situation!

    lal Friday, 27 December 2013 06:10 AM

    Give the woman a good US style body search when she arrives, like the Indian diplomat got, including her "body cavities".

    Lalo Friday, 27 December 2013 04:36 PM

    They should have sent Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar

    May be next time !

    MirakRajBanda Friday, 27 December 2013 06:30 AM

    This time the pressure not alone from U.S. but with U.K., E.U., Switzerland, Japan and the soul mate China....
    If these stupid jellyfishes in the govt. fail to act at least now, we'll starve to death very soon.
    Take out LLRC and just implement. Tamils, Moors and Burghers are part of this country. Recognise or dig your own grave through HRC-Genève. This time it's pretty serious!!!

    ravi Friday, 27 December 2013 06:30 AM

    you have orissa (india) origin only..

    Crab Friday, 27 December 2013 02:12 AM

    Back in home CNN/ORC poll finds this is the worst ever Congress; 73% say unable to solve even a single problem.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 27 December 2013 02:27 AM

    Hunt continues, hare will "wink" the hunter.

    nicky karunarathna Friday, 27 December 2013 02:35 AM

    It has become a pathetic joke now comparing the SL situation with Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt and now in Sudan completely peaceful country where US been and messed up. Don't these US barbarians don't like peace at all? There business is to mess up all over the world sell arms and to say "In God we Believe" and laugh at us. Is there no political leader in SL to tell them where to get off?

    Santoz Friday, 27 December 2013 12:00 AM

    Haha.. Another Indian. via DM Android App

    kumar Friday, 27 December 2013 06:50 AM


    kumar Friday, 27 December 2013 06:53 AM

    Before talk about Afgan. and Iraq, have you done anything for those people?. Crocodile tears.

    UN-Predict Friday, 27 December 2013 02:45 AM

    Don't the UN have any other representatives to dispatch to Sri Lanka other than an Indian national?

    kumar Friday, 27 December 2013 06:54 AM

    They have enough eye-witness to prove the crimes and not on assumptions.

    Jan Chandra Friday, 27 December 2013 07:01 AM

    Hasn't the Govt. learnt any lesson from the so called UN/US delegates? This would be another report condemning Sri Lanka. Ms Biswal cannot do anything else if she is to retain her job. These jokers should not be allowed to step in to Sri Lanka. Is the Govt. sleeping on the job!

    Ajith-K Friday, 27 December 2013 07:09 AM

    We don't want anything to do to Iraq or Afghanistan man. We did what we should do to Prabhakaran. What he say is before come here this woman should go to those countries and see what they are still doing in those countries.

    chandran -Kandy Friday, 27 December 2013 07:14 AM

    Oh.... Oh.... HI.....Hi.... Sri Lanka will never afraid for any thing. come or go chickago.........

    Crab Friday, 27 December 2013 07:19 AM

    First remove the log in your eye.

    Uncle Sham Friday, 27 December 2013 07:21 AM

    Uncle shame: is it not a Human Rights violation to listen to others phone calls?

    Gamarala Friday, 27 December 2013 07:24 AM

    Just ignore these delegations that are out to undermine the integrity of Sri Lanka. Why this scrutiny of the last week of the war to eliminate terrorism and why are they not looking at the 30 years of terrorism that decimated our country. Now there is peace in S/L, but due to the false propaganda being aired in the western capitals and the pumping of large amounts of funds to political campaigns of foreign politicians who could be bought. They have to come here to dig up whats not there. It appears that cannot handle the peace that prevails now.

    xlr Friday, 27 December 2013 07:28 AM

    better than african color origin

    taurus Friday, 27 December 2013 03:32 AM

    The eye witnesses and videos are all available, thus the UN resolution. The fact GOSL is refusing to allow an independent transparent investigation just shows what is suspected is true. If their is nothing to hide, why not allow such an investigation. Shame.

    kumar Friday, 27 December 2013 03:33 AM

    The first thing all the Sri Lankan political leaders in Colombo
    and Jaffna should tell the Indian origin US diplomat is of the
    genocide and the war crime committed by the Indian army
    against the Tamil civilians in Jaffna ,Klinochi,Mullaitivu
    Trincomalie and Batticolo.

    taurus Friday, 27 December 2013 03:36 AM

    You mutt, she is a US national of Indian Origin and they have complete faith in her professionalism, honesty and transparency unlike our hench-aiya representatives and diplo-mutts even to the extent of such highly educated morons as GL.

    SAI Friday, 27 December 2013 07:36 AM


    taurus Friday, 27 December 2013 07:38 AM

    Pilai and Biswal are not gods but at the same time they are not devils lik Pirabakaran, MR, Gota, Karuna and other war criminals.

    Seelawathie Saturday, 28 December 2013 07:40 AM

    Madam, while you are here, can you please help us to get Adel Balasingham to Sri Lanka to help our inquiries regarding human right abuses. She is alleged to have distributed suicide pills to child soldiers.

    Randy Mathew Friday, 27 December 2013 03:45 AM

    Ha Ha. Another Racist. good Buddhist you are not.

    Randy Mathew Friday, 27 December 2013 03:48 AM

    She is doing her job here-- Fullstop.

    Randy Mathew Friday, 27 December 2013 03:49 AM

    Remember that 2 wrongs do not make a right.

    giraffe heart Friday, 27 December 2013 07:54 AM

    I feel sad when I think of the future of Sri lanka. If this country moves forward without reconciling with its own people it will face a great tragedy in future. Sri lanka even after the 30 years of cruel war has not learnt to live together. we see in India where there are 28 states and 7 union territories. Most of the Indian states are bigger than the whole Sri lanka. there are hundreds of ethnic groups and many religious groups. Such a big country is able to function democratically. why cant Sri lanka? please don't make at least the younger generation as the future terrorist. make this beautiful country bloom. be humble and open to learn even from enemies.

    Randy Mathew Friday, 27 December 2013 03:51 AM

    Mate, 2 wrongs don't make a right. if S rid Lanka has nothing to hide, why is it scared of an international inquiry?

    Trehan Munasinghe Friday, 27 December 2013 07:55 AM

    This is just a big GAME PLAY by western nations as they can't stomach the fact that a 3rd World/developing country eradicated terrorism and they (USA UK) with all their satellites and technology still kill innocent people and then say "Collateral Damage" and God is with you... Hypocrisy at its best, We will triumph over this injustice yet again...

    Randy Mathew Friday, 27 December 2013 03:52 AM

    Hello, what has that got to do with this?

    Grace Friday, 27 December 2013 07:56 AM

    Come on lady. There will be a marriage proposal for you from a gentlemanly politician.

    Randy Mathew Friday, 27 December 2013 03:55 AM

    It's no joke-- there are serious allegation against Sri Lanka & until they allow an independent investigation, the pressure by USA & others will continue. That is the simple fact.

    NAK Friday, 27 December 2013 07:56 AM

    But murderers can't be judges. Period.

    Randy Mathew Friday, 27 December 2013 03:56 AM

    What's your problem with Indians?

    sach Friday, 27 December 2013 11:52 AM

    I dont think anyone is afraid, it is just that the biasedness shown by big bully is distasteful

    Les Perer Friday, 27 December 2013 03:57 AM

    This women must get her priorities right. Her own gender and in her own country are being raped by the minute . This barbaric genocide of rape has gone on for centuries. The victims if not killed are very often confined to the 'living dead'
    after the event.

    Sarath Friday, 27 December 2013 08:01 AM

    americans know their Manfridays well

    Randy Mathew Friday, 27 December 2013 03:59 AM

    There is sufficient evidence on camera & if there is an independent inquiry & a witness protection system in place, people will come forward to testify.

    Les Perer Friday, 27 December 2013 04:00 AM

    The GOSL should tell this women to go help the millions of women who are being raped and killed in her India..

    Les Perer Friday, 27 December 2013 04:02 AM

    send her back to India on the first available plane.

    NAK Friday, 27 December 2013 08:05 AM

    If you have the witnesses, as you claim, what is stopping you from going to the ICJ with it, instead of wasting yours and our time in Geneva?
    The truth however is, all what you have is cooked up evidence that is not admissible in a court of law. So all you can do is to throw it in the UNHRC and hope for the best.
    This has been happening continuously for the past few years with a lot of fart and smell but no shit! come this march it will be the same story.

    BUSHEL Friday, 27 December 2013 04:03 AM

    Are we capable of stopping US interfearence by raising how US violated human rights in other countries. The whole world knows they comited crimes

    Ramani Friday, 27 December 2013 08:07 AM

    taurus, that's why got from that Indian born UN High Commissioner a very very reasonable review! Unbiased++

    GC Friday, 27 December 2013 08:08 AM

    Which Sri Lankan group's (religion, race) behaviour does your vile l(last) comment represent? Please don't disgrace the good people of the country by uttering what you may like to do.

    mohamed asfar Friday, 27 December 2013 04:10 AM

    she is not an indian but an american citizen of indian origin. what a smart person you are MR. UN-Predict.

    seeni bowler Friday, 27 December 2013 04:12 AM

    Isn't there anybody with brains in UN. It is useless digging into the bygone issues as you cannot bring back to life. Why don't be pro active and intervene in affairs happening currently in Syria and Sudan and so forth and stop the killings there so that you could save few life including future generation. Remember Pillay or Biswal are no Gods.

    NAK Friday, 27 December 2013 08:11 AM

    Even if there is nothing to hide, Why should we allow murderers to investigate us? especially murderers with their own agendas.
    If some one were to investigate it has to be some one without blood on their hands and there are no such on this earth.
    The UN is a proven accomplice of the murderers, so they disqualify themselves.

    Nonde Friday, 27 December 2013 04:18 AM

    It is time for Sri Lanka to enhance rights of its people and appropriate law and order. Despite claims by authorities, we, Sri Lankans are well aware of the ground situation. What ever the motive of the USA may be, if government here genuinely implement law and order and rights of people, together, we would be able to build barrier to stop interference.

    Rahman Friday, 27 December 2013 08:12 AM

    Who told? Sinhala race originated in the moon and fell from there. That is why they are suffering from some kind of phobia.

    NAK Friday, 27 December 2013 08:13 AM

    Go to court with your evidence why keep howling here.

    UPALI Friday, 27 December 2013 08:13 AM



    S.Thiagarajah Friday, 27 December 2013 04:35 AM

    Thank you,Sir.Tamils are grateful to USA for taking this action but only think is she is an Indian and she may get influenced by India and buckle the whole issue.SL Govt. may try to do some jugglery and turn the whole issue upside down through this Indian lady.Tamils will like to have a proper American.

    NAK Friday, 27 December 2013 08:20 AM

    All fart no s**t. If that isn't a joke what is!
    As some claim here, that they have all the witnesses and evidence, why do you want an investigation? Take the evidence and the witnesses to court. Don't you guys know the procedure? Go to ICJ international court of justice! didn't know about it? now you know.

    Sammy Friday, 27 December 2013 04:43 AM

    Haha, if it had been a black American, would you say "Another African". So dumb!

    NAK Friday, 27 December 2013 08:23 AM

    Please speak for your self Mr.Thiagarajah. All the Tamils are not LTTE murderers.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 29 December 2013 03:56 PM

    They are biased!

    Suq Madique Sunday, 29 December 2013 03:58 PM

    You buffaloa, this is like putting a fox in charge of the hen-house! You have a problem when local are put in charge of the investigation but have no qualms when an Indian is appointed to oversee SL alleged issues

    Suq Madique Sunday, 29 December 2013 04:00 PM

    Un -substantiated allegations are not grounds for an investigation. Isn't it funny only countries with a tamil population are pushing for an investigation?

    kapila Friday, 27 December 2013 04:52 AM

    Indian OR african we will wait for sometime

    NAK Friday, 27 December 2013 08:27 AM

    Why can't this stupid murderous Americans mind their own business without poking their finger at every hole they see as if they care.

    Jaya Sunday, 29 December 2013 05:11 PM

    already sent

    Grace Friday, 27 December 2013 08:29 AM

    Thought-provoking comment. The victims of our politicians' foolhardiness will be ordinary citizens.

    RohanR Friday, 27 December 2013 08:39 AM

    This time, Dr Silva may seek to get a daughter-in-law in Secretary Desai.

    Sonali De Silva Friday, 27 December 2013 08:41 AM

    These so called "international police" of the West are so thick skinned that they have no sense of shame. This is worse than "the pot calling the kettle black", this is "the pot calling the bed sheet black".

    Chaminda Tilakumara Friday, 27 December 2013 05:17 AM

    If GoSL did not recognise the US sposired UN resolution against SL, then there is no reason to entertain this delegation from US. Furthermore, US seems to be interfering with the internal affairs of SL again and this lot are not elected bodies or representative of SL citizens. They should NOT be granted visas to set foot on this country to come stir the pot.

    malcolm X Friday, 27 December 2013 02:28 PM

    Activate BBS & Co.

    Malin Friday, 27 December 2013 05:20 AM

    I wish that Nisha Biswal will visit Sri Lanka with an open mind unlike Navi Pillay who is Indian origin and Robert Blake red blood American who had dubious agenda to appease LTTE and LTTE rump scattered in the western world.

    Nihal Friday, 27 December 2013 08:51 AM

    It is well planned moves to checkmate GOSL by US and allis but those who address to the gallary do not realize yet

    Dee Friday, 27 December 2013 08:51 AM

    Please chack her visa properly

    Real Peace Friday, 27 December 2013 08:57 AM

    No one is crying for Prabaharan, but the IC wants to know what happened to those over 40,000 civilians. Mahinda himself promised to the UNSG to conduct an impartial inquiry into this but he has not done anything - that's why these people are coming.

    merc Friday, 27 December 2013 05:29 AM

    pls mam here drs would propse o marri u

    anjosh Friday, 27 December 2013 09:17 AM

    US is sending their representative to get first hand information in Srilanka. The reaction from most of the readers indicates that they are afraid of such visits as if there is something they do not want others to see. Let us be open minded and welcome every one to come and see the ground situation clearly.

    citizen Friday, 27 December 2013 09:32 AM


    N K Ratanm Friday, 27 December 2013 03:38 PM

    Those who are commenting here denouncing the US delegation should know what their government is doing in the north which give ammunition to the "outsiders".

    Do you all know that your government destroyed a 112 years old Nadeswara College in KKS two weeks ago in the name of "Security"

    We could not apologise enough for the national calamity of destroying the Jaffna library. Now the morons in power have destroyed a school of the Tamils which have been standing for more than a century. Do not expect this to be taken lightly by the Tamils.

    Jin, G.L.Ebells Friday, 27 December 2013 03:42 PM

    Another one for Mervyn to propose to ?

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