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Sri Lanka yesterday scotched speculation in diplomatic circles here in Geneva that the country had agreed with the United Stated to draft the proposed resolution to be presented at the upcoming sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with regard to the country’s human rights situation.

According to sources, the US has resorted to such an action in its lobbying spree to discourage the member countries from taking a stand in favour of Sri Lanka. Currently, the government of Sri Lanka has undertaken a diplomatic offensive in Geneva to secure the support of friendly countries to defeat such a resolution against the country.

“They have spread rumours that we have agreed to draft this resolution together. In this manner, they have tried to convince the other countries that Sri Lanka is also supportive of the proposed resolution.

Once the member countries are convinced that the resolution will be brought by the US with the consent of Sri Lanka, they will not take the issue seriously. That is the ploy. We will not allow such rumours to gain ground.

"This is to discourage the countries supporting us. There is no any element of truth in such rumours,” sources said.

Sri Lankan diplomats based in Geneva for the diplomatic offensive are perturbed over this development.

Asked about the latest situation, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said that Sri Lanka would not agree to such a measure with anyone at all.

“We will inform the diplomats of the countries supportive of us in this regard. We are not agreeable to such a move at this juncture,” he said. (Kelum Bandara reporting from Geneva)


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  • Thomas Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:10 AM

    G L tell us the truth. Don't hoodwink the Sri Lankan masses.

    Analyst Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:05 AM

    why he says "at this juncture" if he is completely denying it ???

    Mifaz Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:00 AM

    Unfortunately people like you are being fooled each day.

    Regi Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:46 AM

    NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE

    Robert Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:00 AM

    Tall story!
    Most likely the Govt. would have agreed with the 2 US Representatives & now backtracking

    citizen1 Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:56 AM

    Especially about us!!!! What a gullible lot we have... believe everything by state media.

    Asitha Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:56 AM

    Yes it is very true,
    Our people act like selfish and motive of condom theory.
    Use and dispose theory.

    citizen1 Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:54 AM

    More like cheap tactics by our govt!! When did our catchers ever tell a truth?!

    Imran Hussein Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:47 AM

    Iam not denying you, but WMD wasnt a rumour it was a blatant lie began by Richard Butler.

    MAH Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:36 AM

    Whether they did this time or not is unknow for now, but about the US spreading rumors.... well ever heard of WMDs in Iraq?

    Tissera Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:45 AM

    Pls dont antagonize the USA and other countries, we have always been at the receiving end of their assistance when needed, let us be more careful with our comments and show a little gratitude

    Psycho Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:39 AM

    Western sin is holy!

    fithna Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:11 AM

    Good return for clingnig on to Yankees

    UNO Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:42 AM

    joke of the day....

    Thatha Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:07 AM

    Rumours? Against Srilanka?hahahaha..... everything is true in Srilanka don't worry.

    wonderboy Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:46 AM

    Like ducks to water, we go for everything our state media comes up with!

    Gaja Banda Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:52 AM

    Damn Yankees!

    Labby Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:41 AM

    What a childish story. Has it ever been known of US wasting time in spreading rumours ?

    Imran Hussein Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:29 AM

    Its a trap you plonkers. Do you think that the US think the way you think. They know precisely how you would react, provided this is true. Only way to get out of this mess is dimplomacy but we dont have it, sadly.

    Surain Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:23 AM

    Heat is on hats off

    Nodrog Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:07 AM

    If true then its a serious offence and must be dealt with accordingly and in no uncertain terms. Time to stand up and fend for ourselves and stop being the punching-bag of countries who also have skeletons to hide....

    PKR Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:47 AM

    Cheap tactics by US...
    No wonder US is losing its super power status each day pases. These are tactics of losers.

    Kivulegedara Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:46 AM

    Dirty tactics by US.

    Leslie Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:49 AM

    It is hard to believe that US would resort to rumour spreading. The Minister has said that Sri Lanka is not agreeable to such a move at this juncture. This could mean that there has been some sort of agreement on this matter. It is better for the Minister to come out with the whole truth immediately as to what was discussed.

    raj Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:32 AM

    does it mean that US government behave like Tamil Diaspora?


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