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The United States will sponsor a procedural resolution against Sri Lanka at the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Sessions in Geneva in March, according to a visiting high level United States State Department delegation.

“The US has decided to sponsor a procedural resolution with its international partners. It is a pretty straightforward resolution that will build on the resolution brought in March 2012. The resolution will be to promote reconciliation and implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report,” Deputy Assistant Secretary James R. Moore said.

 When questioned on the need to bring another resolution, within the space of a year, he said the resolution was being brought due to the slow implementation process. He further said that the resolution had been discussed with the government.

The delegation, noted that the resolution was also a means of updating the record and taking note of the impeachment process that took place in Sri Lanka. “We have noted with concern the impeachment that was carried out in defiance of a Supreme Court order and we believe that it calls into concern the separation of powers in Sri Lanka,” Mr. Moore said.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Jane Zimmerman stated that although there was progress on the implementation of the LLRC report there was more that needed to be done in terms of accountability. “Certainly we have seen progress in infrastructure development, demining, rehabilitation and the release of former combatants. However there are still families who feel that their loved ones are being held somewhere. There is a desire for accountability with regards to extra judicial killings. Therefore there is a need for accelerated implementation. There needs to be healing and there cannot be reconciliation without accountability,” Ms. Zimmerman said.

They further called on the strengthening of Civil Society; “we can’t help but be worried about the future when we see the decline of the rule of law. We also hear from our contacts in civil society of harassment and violence towards them,” Ms.Zimmerman said.

The delegation expressed satisfaction with the government’s decision to hold Nothern Provincial Council Elections in September this year and noted that they had seen “the dividends of peace”, during their travels in Jaffna. “We see that there is freedom of movement and the baseline growing in these areas,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Vikram Singh said.

The group also clarified, in response to comments that the US was not forthcoming in military training assistance, that very few opportunities were denied to any country and this denial was based on US laws that required for all individuals and military units to be in compliance with human rights laws. “This is not a judgment on Sri Lanka. We do this with all our partners,” Mr. Singh said.

Ms. .Zimmerman also said that despite the flurry over Geneva, the US had a long standing relationship with Sri Lanka.

The delegation that arrived in the country on Saturday will complete its trip in Sri Lanka and the Maldives on Friday. It met Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the TNA and the main opposition UNP and travelled to the North. They will also meet Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, External Affairs Minister G.L Peries and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga. (Dianne Silva)

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  • sl tamil Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:24 AM

    oh thats what they did to us in 2009

    Sam Tuesday, 29 January 2013 10:52 AM

    How about accountability in Iraq. How much people you killed. The reason for that, can you'll explain.
    We will impeach you'll in Sri Lankan parliment.

    David P Tuesday, 29 January 2013 10:10 AM

    black american but a 100% christian in culture! thats the deciding factor kiralo.

    Nan Tuesday, 29 January 2013 09:55 AM

    kochchara resolution aavath api thaama 800x600

    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:37 AM

    How about US citizens & Green card holders at the top ?

    RamUK Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:29 AM

    why are you still talking abt ppl give them oxygen..fair other communities bring on laws delegate power one ask qs...

    jacoob Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:28 AM

    This is one of teh convenient item for MR & Clan. The moment they have some local issues be it economy or any thing .. these kind of things make the public forget the real issue and rally around the clan.. Very envibale situation for any leasders in teh world. However there is a price tag for this .. when th etime comes people and clan will realise. Thta $40 bilion did not come for the rescue for Mamar .

    Thomas Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:24 AM

    LAL, mind you, the US President is a Black American.

    In Sri Lanka, can a Sinhalese Christian become a President or Prime minister???????

    Ajaya Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:10 AM

    Why not, Ranil was a Prime Minister

    ajith Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:14 AM

    I would like to know your alternative.... Ranil?.... or Somawansa
    or Sampanthan..... or Obama

    Political circus Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:09 AM

    Weerawansa and the Mervin Silva chandiyas should now take their poles and demonstrate against US interlopers . They will put the US in its place. and the world will have the last laugh

    ajith Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:10 AM

    Nothing new.. Real Owners are Red Indians...

    Maha Rajanani Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:05 AM

    Who cares.

    Edward Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:58 AM

    Better to follow US than others so we are safe from Islamic crazy people

    sk Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:54 AM

    because of far thinking people like u ........ we wil always be developing or we wil our self crash the economy....

    Pink Panther Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:50 AM

    We also have a cabinet as big as your military, beware.

    Ravi Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:44 AM

    As long as wimal whanse is there we don t have to get scared

    ChickenParippu Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:17 AM

    a few years back the public would have stood by the govt. not anymore they have destroyed the trust the people kept in them.

    gamarala Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:18 AM

    Stop the talk and walk the walk. Make things happen and not wish them to happen!

    amir Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:36 AM

    only crazy person here is you

    Gamran Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:41 AM

    Who is going to have a resolution against US atrocities in Japan,Vietnam,Iraq etc.

    edwinneil fernando Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:41 AM

    hey america please mind your own business without interrupting our progress in sri lanka

    IHM Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:53 AM

    Wimaley , where are you lets bring a impeachment against US. and do a Sathyagraha in front of US Embassey.

    Silva Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:54 AM

    MR would have already tried this.... I am sure his advisers would have told MR that having 2/3 puppets in Parliament is not enough to impeach UN.

    ShehanR Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:20 PM

    Just to be sure!! Are you kidding?

    eddy Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:38 PM

    Sri Lanka has nothing to hide,bring them on and do your bit,but after that make sure that all ltters are brought back for war crimes and Justice to all innocent people killed. Also the cyanide queen Adele Balasingham for her part in terrorism. For your infprmation these are terrorist and not combatants, Justice for the people of Sri Lanka, Lest we forget.

    lal Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:48 PM

    THOMAS, Sir John was a christian. SWRD and DS were born christians went to St Thomas's. DS's father changed his name from Bartholomeuz to Senanayake. So, DS could have been a burgher christian Prime Minister. Anything is possible in Sri Lanka. The last king of Sri Lanka (Kandy) was a Tamil man too. Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim must believe in themselves as capable, honourable people. Don't let US, UK, India meddle in SL. They won't solve anything - look at Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir and those problems get worse and never resolved.

    Wimal Modawansa Tuesday, 29 January 2013 01:09 PM

    We have the weapon to tackle it man - fast unto death

    ling Tuesday, 29 January 2013 01:14 PM

    Only way to stop America is give what they are eyeing for, the Trincomalee naval bay. Forget about your resettlement of refugees, road repairs, etc.

    Yuri Tuesday, 29 January 2013 01:14 PM

    You are missing one more few more words. Imsha Allah

    patriot Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:05 PM


    Edward Wednesday, 30 January 2013 05:20 AM

    Yes its true When We are in natural disasters like tsunami ,floods, Cyclone who help us ? remember China never came to help us when we really needed help during Tsunami , 1st to come was Israel , then followed by India , US Japan within 48 hrs and support us , only china donated money with interest of 3% loan , but monetary team , UN team gave us 3 years waiver for for our loan .
    During the war China gave us weapon ammunitions for loan term loan with an interest , but Israel ,Pakistan , backed by George Bush gave us free Kafir ,doras and had trained SL navy to build own boats too.


    chandrakumar Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:39 AM

    Come on. Bring it on. What can U.S do these days? U.S can not interfear with SriLanka's politics. SriLanka is not a colony of U.S. So mind your own business please.

    Budhist Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:14 AM

    We are not scared as China is with us!!!!!

    lal Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:35 AM

    All that these clowns from US has to do now is to treat their minorities, especially the African Americans like humans. When will that begin to happen?

    Suda Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:34 AM

    We must donate them a mirror; so that they could look at them selves.

    Perera Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:00 AM

    We will impeach the un secretary General...... Ha ha via DM Android App

    Nodrog Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:53 AM

    And the public who also don't agree with the way the Govt is handling matters will be hit from both sides and called upon to pay the price of these resolutions.

    perera Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:56 AM

    Don't worry we will impeach the UN security council .......

    Didnt I tell you Tuesday, 29 January 2013 01:31 AM

    That's what you get when you elect them to power.

    Savi bokundara Tuesday, 29 January 2013 05:43 AM

    They are comming...they will kill rape...etc...whats happening in the east....but white niggers we got china with us developing. Are roads and our hotels..we are very

    abimaan Tuesday, 29 January 2013 05:45 AM

    Now this is the only good news that we can hear and keep hopes... So please International community.., save these poor people from the bas****ds..

    ANTON Tuesday, 29 January 2013 05:58 AM

    Who is gonna bring resolution in favour of Syria.

    Kirala Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:02 AM

    Oh brother! Have you been in a deep slumber for 50 years? USA has come a long way since the '60's. After all, the president is a black himself.

    sarathchandra perera Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:06 AM

    v.good….what did say mega cabinet and Weerawansa?

    Fayad Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:19 AM

    Always targets developing nations to destroy its progress
    What a shame act by the superpower

    Apsara Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:19 AM

    How about UN's hundreds of resolutions against Israel since 1947? Did she care? or complied with?

    bandara Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:24 AM

    When the US lifts it tail there wont be a China or India to side l
    Lanka as both these countries are still very much dependent on US.
    So our leaders have to be careful when they say things.

    Chola Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:02 AM

    Since March 2012 nothing happened. Stop making speeches and statements but make things happens.

    kumar Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:46 AM

    Which world you are living? The US president is belongs to minority and the former Secretary/State also belongs to African Americans.

    kumar Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:48 AM


    Roshan Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:50 AM


    gOBBAYA Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:59 AM

    This is called "illagana kaema"

    Pink Panther Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:01 AM

    Reminds me of what Gaddafi and his son before the air strikes. Just a mild reminder, US is the the only supper power in the world at this time.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:07 AM

    Did you vote for them? I sure as hell didn't.

    Siriyan citizen Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:10 AM

    plz watch news. Syrian govt air force bomb civilian targets. NATO interfere to help us. country is now destroyed because govt wanted us to follow them like fools. the moment we protested they bombed us. sri lanka don't become like us. dont let govt do this to you

    Prem Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:10 AM

    LTTE 'ers are combatants.AL-Qaedas are terrorists,is that right Mr.USA?

    Sam. Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:11 AM

    Somebody should monitor this Govt. when there is no healthy opposition in Sri Lanka to do it.

    Raj Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:13 AM

    No, we shoud kick out US Ambassador & Close down US Embassy

    Pink Panther Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:16 AM

    Sir, add the demolishing of the small shops in the center of Colombo depriving the poor people of a living just to make side walks for the wealthy walk and relax.

    Pink Panther Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:20 AM

    Oh, beware US, we will all start to fast to death and them eat Lemon Puff in the night.

    Kondebandapucheena Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:37 AM

    Since they failed to rescue big Monster VP from Vellaimullikkal in 2009 May they treat us this way ,who cares

    Mancini Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:40 AM

    Practice what you preach !
    What about the drone strikes , which kills innocents in Pakistan ?!
    No one talks about them , why ?
    Because its "irrelevant"

    Amarathunga Tuesday, 29 January 2013 07:40 AM

    You can't do anything to our "MAHARAJA' . Do you want the treatment recieved by Prabakaran? we have lots of white vans in our country

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