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* US confirms third resolution on Sri Lanka, Assistant Secretary Biswal to visit island this week
Tue, Jan 28, 2014, 09:22 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 28, Colombo: The United States today confirmed that it will bring a third resolution on Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva in March and Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will visit Sri Lanka this week to discuss the resolution.

The Assistant Secretary will travel to Sri Lanka January 31-February 2, the State Department said in a release today.

During her three-day visit, Biswal will meet with Sri Lankan officials to discuss a range of bilateral issues, including post-conflict reconciliation, justice and accountability issues.

She is also scheduled to travel to Jaffna, where she will meet with Northern Provincial Council officials and civil society leaders.

Assistant Secretary Biswal will then travel to London for meetings with officials from the UK on February 3.

She will also travel to Geneva, for meetings regarding US government's intention to sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka in the March session of the UN Human Rights Council.

"This resolution will build upon previous resolutions in 2012 and 2013, and will urge Sri Lanka to do more to promote reconciliation, justice and accountability in the wake of the civil conflict," the State Department said.

Last month, Indian-American Biswal warned that if Sri Lanka doesn't make meaningful progress in addressing the accountability issues, the patience of the international community on Sri Lanka will start to wear thin and urged Sri Lanka to take some "concrete steps" to address the issue of human rights, accountability and reconciliation process.

The U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, in the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the Department of States Stephen J. Rapp who visited Sri Lanka earlier this month said the U.S. will move a third resolution against Sri Lanka calling for an international probe into the war crimes allegations during the final phase of the war.

He assured Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance that U.S. will seek an international probe into alleged rights abuses.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said in November the UK would push for an international inquiry if Sri Lanka did not conclude an independent investigation by March.

Sri Lanka's top most civil servant, Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga, who is in Washington this week to hold discussions with State Department officials on the U.S. resolution said an international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka would bring "chaos," and the government's national reconciliation process must be given several more years to work.

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