Jan 28, Colombo: As a measure to force Sri Lanka to expedite the implementation of the pledges given on reconciliation, the United States will sponsor a new resolution against Sri Lanka at the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Sessions in Geneva in March, a visiting senior US official said Monday.
"The US has decided to sponsor a procedural resolution with its international partners against Sri Lanka at the March 2013 sessions of the UNHRC," Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State Department James R. Moore said at a media briefing today.
"It is a straightforward resolution that will build on the resolution brought in March 2012," he said adding that the resolution will be to expedite reconciliation and implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report.
There was speculation that the U.S. was not happy with the government's pace of the implementation of LLRC recommendations, and it was planning to bring another resolution.
While recognizing that Sri Lanka had made some progress since the adoption of the US-sponsored resolution by the UN in March 2012, the Assistant Secretary said the US believes more needed to be done.
"The US and the other 23 members of the UNHRC who voted for that resolution in 2012 believe that the government of Sri Lanka needs to fulfill its commitments made to its own people," Moore said.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vikram Singh said the government's recent decision to impeach the Chief Justice following a process that was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court also contributed to the US decision to bring a anew resolution.
"It is safe to say that the impeachment of the Chief Justice also contributed to the decision to ensure that the record (against Sri Lanka) stays fresh in Geneva," Singh told AFP in Colombo.
Sri Lanka is expected to face a tough hearing at the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva scheduled to start later next month.