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The US has welcomed the passage of a resolution on Sri Lanka sponsored by it at the UNHRC, saying the vote sent a clear signal to Colombo that the international community is committed to promote peace and stability in the country.

“Today’s vote sends a clear message that the international community is committed to working with the Government of Sri Lanka to promote greater peace, stability, and prosperity for all of the people of Sri Lanka,” Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson of the National Security Council, the White House said in a statement on Thursday.

“The United States welcomes passage of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on “Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka,” she said.

“This resolution, which the United States co-sponsored as part of a cross-regional group, calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitments to promote meaningful reconciliation for all Sri Lankans,” she said.

The resolution also encourages the Government to credibly investigate allegations of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law as Sri Lanka continues to heal from more than two decades of conflict, Ms. Hayden said.

In another statement, the Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird, also welcomed the passage of the US resolution on Sri Lanka.

“The resolution reminds courageous individuals and their families, as well as victims of human rights violations, that they have not been forgotten by the international community,” he said.

“Canada will continue to pursue this issue-and other troubling recent developments like the weakening of judicial independence and the rule of law in Sri Lanka-through multilateral and other channels, including the Commonwealth,” Mr. Baird said.

The Human Rights Council approved the resolution with 25 countries including India supporting the resolution, 13 countries voting against and eight abstaining.

The resolution, led by the United States calls on Sri Lanka to deliver its promises to investigate widespread allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights during the military campaign of May 2009.

This resolution calls on Sri Lankan leaders to work with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to expeditiously and effectively implement the recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and to initiate credible actions to ensure justice, equity and accountability.(TH)
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  • Suq Madique Friday, 22 March 2013 11:58 AM

    Well said Ramachandran. There should be more like you.

    Shashika Friday, 22 March 2013 10:30 AM

    Absolutely correct bro!!! 1000times agreed with u...

    nicky karunarathnara Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:35 AM

    We have to be aware of their brand of peace and stability. Look at Iraq and Libya and Afghanistan what they have done. Iraq alone after given their brand of peace and stability - 100-150 dies from suicide bombers. This was never heard of Iraq during the Saddam's rule. This is worst than the Trojan horse..

    Jeewan Friday, 22 March 2013 06:58 AM

    Wake up call for refugees. USA and Canada are welcoming you with both hands.Get into boats or planes and cross over to this free world

    lionheart Friday, 22 March 2013 10:49 AM

    SL should work with the office of the high commissioner only if Navi Pillai is removed and replaced by another. She is a tamil brain washed by the Diaspora and has a conflict of interest in her role. Independent analyst needed for SL govt to work with.

    Percy Fernando Friday, 22 March 2013 07:14 AM

    Absolute power corrupt Absolutely.....Find the who's accountable.

    Rosh Friday, 22 March 2013 10:58 AM

    and leave us alone in peace

    chux Friday, 22 March 2013 09:53 AM

    USA will slowily loosing much friendly one time US ally like Sri
    lanka & its people.

    charly Friday, 22 March 2013 06:18 AM

    Even I appreciate certain aspect of US, since I was born, 2/3 of the world is at WAR WAR WAR .Thanks to US.How many human beings were killed by US.Impossible accountability ?

    Kapila Friday, 22 March 2013 06:21 AM

    Present govt need to safeguard the democracy of the country. Please no more abductions, no more injustice....Please safe guard the democracy within the judicary.

    Shankar Friday, 22 March 2013 11:31 AM

    Happened is happened in Srilanka. Here we have given the tremendous power to the present government and the executive president. The way present government going is not suitable for the democracy. This is not only dangerous to the minority Tamils but also the majority Sinhalese. So i believe this type of international pressure can only control this government at least for some extent.

    DAVID Friday, 22 March 2013 06:24 AM

    YES , ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. THANKS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SPECIALY THE USA.

    Ramachandran Friday, 22 March 2013 10:10 AM

    Kapila, Do you think that had we stopped abductions and restored justice..US wouldn't bring this resolution?
    They have their own agenda to rule us and divide.
    They don't like our unity.
    I being a Tamil understand it through our fellow members.


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