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* EU concerned over Sri Lanka's human rights and accountability
Tue, Mar 12, 2013, 11:08 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 12, Colombo: The European Union has concerns on human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka, Head of Delegation of the EU to Sri Lanka Bernard Savage says.

The EU representative says that issues of human rights and accountability must be addressed and EU has publicly commented on the issue.

"That is why the EU supported the US resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last year and has expressed support to this year's resolution as well," Savage has told a weekly English newspaper in an interview.

Speaking of the reconciliation, process, the EU chief has noted that there's not enough done by the Sri Lankan government.

"A political settlement has not yet been reached. The root cause of the conflict has to be addressed. A military victory has been won and everyone welcomes the end of the conflict. Now the issues that caused the conflict in the first place need to be looked at and addressed," Savage has said.

He has added that no one expects the country to resolve the ethnic issue in a short space of time, but the government needs to indicate that they have set out to achieve a goal and are striving to achieve it.

Referring to the impact the country would have to face if the government fails to address concerns raised by the international community, Savage has said that the whole ethos of the UNHRC is to work with Sri Lanka to achieve long-term development.

"If the country can reach a level of cooperation, then there is no list of consequences. The US resolutions are procedural motions. It is not quid pro quo situation," he asserted.



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