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President Maithripala Sirisena hopes US President-elect Donald Trump would grant Sri Lanka redress by not pursuing the human rights accountability charges against the country.

"I will write to President (Donald) Trump to ask him to free us from these accusations", President Sirisena said while addressing a membership drive of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in Galle.

"I was able to save the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and our valiant soldiers by giving the UN Human Rights Council necessary messages," President said referring to the leniency shown by the US and the international community when he came to power in January 2015.

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) allowed Sri Lanka more time to set rights accountability mechanisms to probe the alleged rights violations that took place in the country during the last phase of the military campaign that ended in 2009 with victory of government troops.

The UNHRC had adopted three successive resolutions against Sri Lanka with the US taking the lead.

Having led three anti-Sri Lanka resolutions at the UNHRC between 2012 to 2014, the Obama administration adopted a softer line on Sri Lanka since Maitripala Sirisena was elected as President.(PTI)

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  • BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 28 November 2016 08:49 AM

    You want human rights accountability charges to be dropped thus confirming that human rights abuses as listed by the UN definitely took place. Isn't that a shame?

    Bala Sunday, 27 November 2016 12:36 PM

    But our Judiciary actions and attacks on media - not physically though - since 2015 leave much room for their pursuing rghts violations.

    Nihal Amarasekera Sunday, 27 November 2016 12:36 PM

    Let's light candles ad dash some thousand coconuts.

    Maya Sunday, 27 November 2016 01:05 PM

    What? Does our president oblivious of world order ?

    Selvyn Sunday, 27 November 2016 01:32 PM

    Its a good move to continue the process of investigation in a way what our country is looking forward to establishing peace via DM Android App

    sanjeewa Sunday, 27 November 2016 03:23 PM

    So you accept that you report to USA president as your HOD?

    Ryan Hudson Monday, 28 November 2016 01:11 PM

    I dont understand what he is talking. Can you do like that?

    Perumal Monday, 28 November 2016 04:52 PM

    He has no more trumps to play

    Kadupol Jothywansa Monday, 28 November 2016 06:54 AM

    Sir, you may do so later. But now - arrest all the culprits of JO whom looted in billions. Please fulfill your promise.

    Bubble Banda Monday, 28 November 2016 06:57 AM

    Mr. President if you want to protect your Government, you must arrest all the nasty former politicians who played out billions of our money. Don't try to link up with those culprits and ruin yourself and your party.

    J Palitha Monday, 28 November 2016 06:59 AM

    There is a talk to say that you are having secret talks with Mahinda? Please reveal the truth to the public.

    German Jacob Monday, 28 November 2016 07:01 AM

    MS is now dancing according to MR's instructions.


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