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The United States will support a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council session in March to pressure the Sri Lankan government to address alleged war crimes, a high-ranking US government official said today.

Addressing a media briefing Maria Otero, US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights confirmed that the US will support a resolution “that provides an opportunity for the Government of Sri Lanka to describe what it intends to do to implement the LLRC’s recommendations and advance reconciliation, as well as address accountability, human rights and democracy concerns.”

“I discussed the recommendations with the President and he assured me that they were looking to implement the LLRC report in a comprehensive manner. I urged the Sri Lankan government to share the details of their plans and begin fulfilling the recommendations called for in the report, and to credibly address the outstanding issues of accountability,” Otero stated.

Otero is the most senior US government official to visit Sri Lanka since Secretary of State Colin Powell in 2005. She stated that the implementation of the LLRC recommendations could contribute to genuine reconciliation and strengthening democratic institutions and practices in Sri Lanka.

Elaborating on the move Robert O. Blake, US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, said that the US will support a “very straightforward resolution” which declares that the Sri Lankan government has not done enough to implement the LLRC recommendations, and that it should address the issue of accountability comprehensively.

The LLRC report has not covered war crimes allegations in sufficient detail, and an important part of reconciliation is accountability and investigating what happened, Blake said.

Asked whether the US had any plans of pushing for an international probe, Blake said that the US focus was currently on the UNHRC resolution and the US remained hopeful that a credible, domestic mechanism would be established. (Ayesha Zuhair)









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  • Nodrog Tuesday, 14 February 2012 05:51 AM

    Why is everyone trying to make a name for themselves at our expense. Emerging or aging politicians looking for a little publicity use us a target because they know it will get their names in the papers.

    Hipo Monday, 13 February 2012 03:48 PM

    Like pouring water on a ducks back

    Coconut Donkey Monday, 13 February 2012 03:47 PM

    Mr. blake ageing pretty fast and not so gracefully noh...

    Canadian Monday, 13 February 2012 04:11 PM

    Wonder they were sleeping all this time....

    $%%^&^ New Man Monday, 13 February 2012 04:32 PM

    !!!!!!!!!! well there you go...!!!! Stage one started.........!!!!!
    ......Good luck....... Government......!!!!!!!!

    gajan99 Monday, 13 February 2012 05:31 PM

    Blake, it's OK and fine with us. But don't ask to free SF.

    faqi Monday, 13 February 2012 05:34 PM

    Shouldn't Blake & Otero be concentrating on the human rights abuses that is happening in the USA? And the rights of Afghans and Iraqis being abused on a daily basis? Also why not ask them why a disproportionate number of minorities are incarcerated in the US Prisons.

    Kc Monday, 13 February 2012 05:38 PM

    Whoever - LTTE or SLAF - committed crimes on innocent civilians should face justice.

    faqi Monday, 13 February 2012 05:55 PM

    Just ignore these guys. There are more human rights abuses in the USA than in any other civilized country in the world. They come to point fingers at us to cover their own inadequacies. Just go to any Prison in the USA there are hundreds of minorities incarcerated for trivial offenses whereas the dominant white offenders get off with a slap on the wrist. Also ask any human rights people in the USA, how the minorities get heavier/longer sentences for the same crime than a white criminal. Let them put their house in order before coming over here to meddle in our affairs.

    faqi Monday, 13 February 2012 05:59 PM

    This is how these guy keep their well paid jobs paid for by the US tax payers. They must be exposed to who they are, utter frauds & cowards. Why dont they probe countries where human rights are really an issue? including their own country of USA? They know then they would be booted out of their jobs.

    Meera Monday, 13 February 2012 05:53 PM

    can't believe them

    roy Monday, 13 February 2012 07:40 PM

    do u know the us army pison ded body afgan talk abou that

    Shelton Fernando Monday, 13 February 2012 07:58 PM

    So we are still not in a position to address the issue! Or we do not have the kind of human resources required to address such high profile issues at an international forum? This is what we should expect from the calibre of the 225 we have elected to the parliament. No one is competent enough to handle an issue of this nature. Most of them have only a big mouth and nothing else.

    Psycho Monday, 13 February 2012 08:28 PM

    What bout human rights abuse in Saudi Arabia, Iraq , Bahrain etc.
    Also what about countries ruled by the despots and minority in the middle east?

    prasa Monday, 13 February 2012 08:30 PM

    How About letting Ahmadinejad appoint a committee to conduct an 'impartial inquiry" about alleged US war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Will US agree to that?

    Clear double standard by the west and defining things to suit their agenda..

    Bobby Monday, 13 February 2012 09:51 PM

    Attend to your human rights issues US without bullying small countries. Congratulate Sri Lanka (President, Armed Forces and the people) for annihilating ruthless and cowardly Prabhakaran and his cronies. Do you think that you finished the Muslim extremists by killing Osama? Wait and see.

    union Monday, 13 February 2012 10:12 PM

    Better late than never

    Barath Monday, 13 February 2012 10:07 PM

    ouch, shit is slowly starting to hit the fan now....!!

    kumudu Monday, 13 February 2012 10:50 PM

    The intensions against country and reporting others to mislead is the greatest sin. 13+ is what US is concern. It was a promise before war had end, to US and India.

    sheron Monday, 13 February 2012 11:13 PM

    hahaha... this is hilarious

    HUMAN Monday, 13 February 2012 11:40 PM

    It is too late , when the peace time we said , the war time
    we said , after the war , we said they (SL) did not respect human rights now three years later . you are concerns now.

    John Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:11 AM

    Nothing to worry, China will support MR.

    Lasi Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:31 AM

    American criminals who supported LTTE movement are trying to punish our valiant military and political leadership for bringing us the peace. Who wants this probe? Not the people of SL but the remnant LTTE terrorists abroad, vulture NGOs like AI, and their masters like Blake.

    NKF Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:31 AM

    this is utter nonesense!!
    why did they have to come all the way to tell this?? Instead, they could've said it in UNHCR rather than wasting our tax payers money....
    Waste of time and money of People of SL!!!

    Mule Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:32 AM

    Yes lah, with countries like Sri Lanka causing him a lot of headaches.

    Kolomba Kaka Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:34 AM

    OUR GOVT DESERVES IT......!

    shandy Tuesday, 14 February 2012 01:13 AM

    Resolutions can be defeated, what we feared was economic sanctions, and thts not even in the cards.

    Sameen Jan Tuesday, 14 February 2012 02:31 AM

    Very good requests by international war crimes exponents and experts.
    After all there would have been no point in having had the LLRC report and not acting on it.The government has to act on it ASP without the pussy footing/acting silly buggers it is well renowned for.

    kudu Tuesday, 14 February 2012 03:45 AM

    this is like saudi arabias resolution on Syria

    gas Tuesday, 14 February 2012 04:50 AM

    the next sudan and omar al bashir is in South Asia.....


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