Mar 21, Washington, DC: Following the adoption of a United States-sponsored resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Sri Lanka in Geneva Thursday, the United States called on the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its public commitments to its own people.
In a statement the Secretary of State John Kerry said today's vote in the UNHRC encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to continue on the path toward lasting peace and prosperity following decades of civil war and instability.
"This resolution, which builds on a similar 2012 resolution, reaffirmed that Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability in order to move forward," Kerry stressed.
"The United States, together with international partners, calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its public commitments to its own people on these longstanding issues."
He pointed out that while some important progress has been made, there is much work still to be done.
"We look to the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to reverse recent negative developments on rule of law and human rights," Secretary Kerry said offering US help for Sri Lanka to implement the measures for reconciliation.
"The United States stands ready to assist with this vital work. I look forward to continuing our engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka and strengthening our friendship with the Sri Lankan people," he said.
The 47-member UNHRC adopted the Resolution 22/1 Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka which is a follow-up of Resolution 19/2 with 25 votes in favor, 13 against and 8 abstentions.