The passing of the resolution on Sri Lanka at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council is a direct result of the government’s major failures, main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) said today.
"It was brought about by the government’s foreign policy failure, and its current failure in safeguarding human rights and democracy in Sri Lanka," the party said in a special statement.
"The incumbent government has managed its foreign relations extremely irrationally. Instead of embarking on a careful and thoughtful process of diplomatically convincing the world that Sri Lanka is willing to take its human rights obligations seriously, it embarked on an obnoxious and intransigent campaign. The government lacks coherence, competence, and good faith in dealing with the international community. This dysfunctional approach to foreign relations is one of the main reasons that those countries once supported Sri Lanka are now no longer its allies. A fresh approach is needed to better manage Sri Lanka’s foreign relations. Competent professionals with foreign affairs expertise should be guiding Sri Lanka’s foreign policy," the statement said. (Yohan Perera)