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The United States has worked with India throughout the process on the US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), Obama Administration's point man on South Asia has said.
 
"We worked very closely with India throughout the process and we indeed welcomed some of the changes that India made," the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake, said.
 
"So we were quite satisfied with the cooperation that we had with India, and I think going forward it will be very important for all of the international community to continue to work with India to encourage progress, since India has quite a lot of influence on the island," Blake said.
 
A transcripts of the interview taken on March 21 was released by the State Department yesterday. "We consulted closely throughout the entire process," Blake said when asked if India propose any amendments at the last moment.
 
Blake refuted the impression that the US-sponsored resolution that passed through the UNHRC was toned down because of Indian influence.
 
"I reject that premise. I don't think that it was toned down in any way. I think it remains a very fair and balanced text that again reaffirms that Sri Lanka had to take
 
meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability," he said.
 
Noting that the resolution underlines the importance of Sri Lanka now taking meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability in order to move forward to achieve peace and prosperity on the island, Blake said the statement by thecountry's military raises the skepticism of many that the government is prepared to do its own investigation.
 
Refuting the allegations that the US is trying to divide Sri Lanka, Blake said: "I would say that the United States and the international community are trying to reunite the country and that the way to do so, again, is to achieve reconciliation, to address the serious human rights abuses that continue to take place, and to move forward expeditiously on accountability."
 
The US official said that the forward progress be made on important issues like holding elections for the Northern Provincial Council in the country that have been promised for September of this year.
 
"I think it's important that they move forward on the dialogue with the Tamil National Alliance to achieve an agreement on devolution. And I think it's important to address
 
a lot of the serious human rights concerns that many people on the island have identified," Blake said.(PTI)
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  • Kaslana Thursday, 28 March 2013 04:51 PM

    Well done BLAKE! Keep up the good work!!!!

    pod Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:12 PM

    be corrected they've consulted r Tamilnandu not India

    chux Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:13 PM

    US only wants their hidden agendas to be implemented if they are so geniune they can consult the government direct .SL is no way part of India...

    Lokka Thursday, 28 March 2013 02:14 AM

    Blake is the main culprit in backstabbing Sri Lanka for Mahinda Rajapakse did not heed Blake's advice to stop the war against LTTE. He is angered as SL won Blake's "unwinnable war". He is now messing up to undo peace and reconciliation in SL to help LTTE rump.

    Geneva Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Dear Mr Blake Has the US also a plan to reconcile with the banned LTTE for thier part of genocide? via DM Android App

    zacky Thursday, 28 March 2013 06:55 AM

    Bloody Blake must be shot with his own shit.He is low down B......d.

    sss Wednesday, 27 March 2013 11:21 AM

    Many Sri Lankans in US wasted their votes on Obama which is pandering to LTTE lobbying and money

    chux Wednesday, 27 March 2013 11:23 AM

    How many times you consulted LTTE diaspora...

    Nathan Wednesday, 27 March 2013 11:38 AM

    thanks Siddhartha.. still a lot of true Indian friends there are in India not like some T Nadu people who is supporting LTTE Terrorist

    siddhartha Wednesday, 27 March 2013 10:42 AM

    Dear friends, You must be peeved with indias stand in the UN, but let me assure you that except for some Tamil parties, no indian blames the security forces in Sri lanka . these politicians are only using this issue to inflame public opionoin to hide their corruption and mismanagement.India respects(atleast common indians outside tamil nadu) the successes of your armed forces... please dont blame the people for the faults of few cheap polticians and bigots.Friend from India(PS My dad fort the LTTE years back in Lanka)


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