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* Russia will support Sri Lanka against US-resolution
Fri, Feb 14, 2014, 10:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 14, Colombo: Russia on Friday said that it will support Sri Lanka against a resolution sponsored by the US and other Western nations for an international probe into alleged war crimes in the final phase of the three-decade long war against the Tamil Tiger terrorists.

A visiting senior Russian diplomat said today that Russia has come to the state of officially supporting Sri Lanka at the forthcoming United Nations Human Rights Council Session in Geneva next month.

Addressing a media briefing in Colombo, the Director of the Department of Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russia Anatoly Victorov said the attempts to impose an international inquiry into the allegations of war crimes would be counterproductive.

He said that Sri Lanka's war situation could not be compared by any means to the situation existed in Rwanda.

The Russian official said the topic of human rights has been politicized extremely in the international political arena and the human rights issue in a country should not become a reason to meddle in the internal affairs of a country.

He said Sri Lanka is a confidant of Russia, which is one of the five permanent members in the UN Security Council and a member of the UNHRC, and the two countries maintain a similar stance on issues in the international fora despite the differences in political and cultural aspects.

Another permanent member of the UN Security Council, China also has opposed the resolution to bring an international inquiry against Sri Lanka and offered support to the Sri Lankan government in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

China said that people in Sri Lanka have the wisdom and capacity to manage their internal affairs and opposed some countries' interference in Sri Lanka's domestic affairs under the pretext of the human rights issue.

The US says it is not pleased with the Sri Lankan government's progress in addressing the accountability issue and human right violations and the international community's patience is wearing thin.

The US with the co-sponsorship of the UK has decided to table a third resolution building up on the two previous resolutions it sponsored and adopted by the UNHRC2012 and 2013.

UK Prime Minister has vowed to use Britain's position in the UNHRC to see to get the resolution adapted at the council's 25th session beginning on March 04.

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