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* No need for a resolution or an international inquiry on Sri Lanka - President
Fri, Feb 28, 2014, 09:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 28, Colombo: There is no need for the United States to bring another resolution calling for an international inquiry on Sri Lanka when there is a domestic mechanism already progressing, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Friday.

Rejecting the US move to table a third resolution within two years at the United Nations Human Rights Council, President compared the Washington's move to a fight between a professional boxer and a school boy.

"There is no need for a resolution at all," the President said meeting the members of the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Sri Lanka at Temple Trees this afternoon.

The group of journalists based in Sri Lanka who report for foreign media outlets had the opportunity to discuss a number of current issues with the President.

He pointed out that the government has appointed a commission to probe the disappearances in the conflict-affected areas and the work of that commission is progressing.

"We are taking measures locally, there is no need to bring a resolution," he reiterated.

US Secretary of State John Kerry releasing the 2013 Country Human Rights Report Thursday said the Sri Lankan government's failure to answer the basic demands for accountability and reconciliation has led the U.S. to sponsor another resolution at the UNHRC.

The President said the western countries are working against Sri Lanka to solicit the votes of the pro-separatist Tamil diaspora in those countries. He said Britain and Canada are supporting the US resolution because of the pressure from the Tamil Diaspora in those countries.

When asked about India's support for the resolution, the President said Sri Lanka has an understanding with India that it is an election year for them.

"They (India) have elections this year and they have to think about their own future. We understand that," the President said.

However, Sri Lanka can always count on the support from China and Russia, he noted.

When questioned about government's slow progress in investigating the charges of serious human rights violations, the President said lack of solid evidence is a problem in making arrests for the crimes.

He told the journalists the government has provided maximum possible facilities to the war-affected people in the North and developed the infrastructure in the region for their benefit.

He pointed out the government has spent more money on the infrastructure in the North than in the South and has done its best to achieve post-war reconciliation.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris told the journalists that he will deliver Sri Lanka's stance on the resolution when he addresses the UNHRC session in Geneva on the 5th March. Before that he will be meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham Pillay on 4th March, the Minister said.

In her report released February 24, the UN High Commissioner also called for an independent, international inquiry into the allegations of humanitarian law and human rights violations committed during the last phase of the war between the government forces and Tamil Tiger terrorists.

The government in a detailed statement rejected Pillay's report saying that conclusions and recommendations contained in her report reflect bias and are tantamount to unwanted interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign State.

Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha and Presidential Adviser Arun Thambimuttu were also present.

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