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* Draft resolution a serious breach of International Law, Sri Lanka tells UNHRC
Thu, Mar 27, 2014, 06:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 27, Colombo: The United States sponsored draft resolution against Sri Lanka presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva for vote, if adopted, will constitute a serious breach of International Law, Sri Lanka told the Council Thursday.

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and the leader of the Sri Lankan delegation Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha told the Council that the adoption of the resolution would set a dangerous precedent in the conduct of international relations within the established global order of sovereign states and could pose a grave threat to the sovereignty and independence of member states of the UN.

Presenting the resolution which calls for an independent international mechanism to probe allegations of human rights violations during the armed conflict, the U.S. said the human rights situation in Sri Lanka continues to deteriorate despite some areas of limited progress.

The U.S. said the sponsors of the resolution are confident that continued attention by the Council will help to promote reconciliation, justice and accountability for the people of Sri Lanka, and urged the Council to adopt the resolution.

Introduction by United States

Statement by Sri Lanka

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