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Take concrete reconciliation steps: US to S Lanka

Last Updated: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 11:52

Washington: The United States on Thursday said it wanted Sri Lanka to take "concrete steps" on reconciliation as the Colombo government vowed mass protests against US-backed calls for a UN censure on human rights.

Sri Lanka has faced strong international criticism over the bloody finale of its civil war in 2009 but has avoided censure at the UN Human Rights Council amid hopes overseas that Colombo would come up with a domestic plan.

The United States said this month that it would support a motion at the Geneva-based body`s upcoming meeting. Sri Lanka appointed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission on the war. But State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Sri Lanka had not followed up on the panel`s "many strong recommendations”.
"To date, frankly, we`ve not seen a detailed action plan from the government of Sri Lanka on how it`s going to implement these recommendations," Toner told reporters. "We still encourage the government of Sri Lanka to move forward, to take concrete steps on this implementation plan," he said.

"At the same time, we`re working with our partners in Geneva on a resolution within the UNHRC that calls for actions on important steps toward reconciliation."


First Published: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 11:52

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