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* UK asks for support to pass resolution on Sri Lanka
Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 09:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 10, Colombo: The United Kingdom which, along with the United State, Macedonia, Mauritius and Moldova co-sponsored the resolution on Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), is seeking support from the member states of the Council to get it passed.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister of UK David Cameron has told media that the PM has written to leaders of several member states of the UNHRC asking them to support the resolution when it is put to a vote on March 26 at the 25th UNHRC session in Geneva.

"Ahead of the vote, we are working hard to secure support from other countries. The PM has personally written to a number of leaders whose countries are on the human rights council this session calling on them to support this resolution which would help to deliver progress on reconciliation and human rights in Sri Lanka," The Guardian newspaper said quoting the spokesman.

Cameron's office on Sunday has said that since Sri Lanka had failed to initiate credible, transparent and independent investigations into alleged war crimes as asked by the Prime Minister before his March 2014 deadline, the UK had joined the other four countries in tabling the resolution at the UNHRC.

The Draft Resolution HRC25/1 "Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka" presented at the UNHRC on March 04, supports the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay's call for an international independent and credible investigation into alleged humanitarian and human rights law violations.

During his visit to Sri Lanka last November to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Cameron met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and pressed for an investigation issuing an ultimatum that if not commenced by March this year, the UK will use its position in the UNHRC to work with the High Commissioner and call for an international inquiry.

The Sri Lankan government has flatly rejected Cameron's call for an independent investigation and the March 2014 deadline saying that Sri Lanka has already set mechanisms in place to address the issues the PM raised and will take more than four years to achieve solutions to the issues from a 30-year war.

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