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* Sri Lanka seeks China's support against the US resolution
Wed, Feb 20, 2013, 10:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 20, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will seek the support of several countries including China to fend off a resolution to be brought against the country by the United States at the upcoming 22nd session of the UNHRC next month.

External Affairs Ministry spokesman Rodney Perera speaking to Chinese news agency Xinhua, has said that the government will await to see the draft resolution first before it approaches the member countries of the UNHRC to seek their support.

"It is obvious that we will want all countries to support us including China who have maintained strong ties with us. However we will first await and see what the resolution states," the spokesman has told Xinhua.

China and Russia, which supported Sri Lanka strongly at the first resolution in March last year, are not voting members of the HRC this time.

The United States yesterday confirmed that it will present a procedural resolution at the upcoming session scheduled to commence on February 25.

A three-member U.S. delegation visited Sri Lanka last month to observe the post-war progress said they were not pleased with the pace of the government's progress in implementing the reconciliation measures and investigating the alleged humanitarian law violations and therefore US will sponsor another resolution.

In the first draft of the resolution titled 'Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka' to be submitted to the UN, the United States has noted with concern that the National Action Plan put forward by the government to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) does not adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law.

The resolution welcomes the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and calls upon the government to expeditiously implement the constructive recommendations made in the LLRC report.

It urges the government to provide unfettered access to international human rights bodies and special rapporteurs and encourages the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to provide advice and technical assistance in consultation with Sri Lankan government on implementing the measures recommended by the LLRC.

The Sri Lankan government has however stressed that it has achieved considerable progress in implementing the recommendations made by the LLRC and ready to defend its record in response to the new resolution.

The UK, Canada and the European Union have expressed their support for the U.S. resolution.



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