US welcomes UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 23:41
Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday welcomed a UN resolution asking Sri Lanka to "credibly investigate" allegations of human rights violations during the country's civil war against the LTTE.

Welcoming the adoption of a US-backed resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Clinton said the US and the international community is ready to help Colombo in addressing the accountability issues.

"The United States, together with the international community, sent a strong signal that Sri Lanka will only achieve lasting peace through real reconciliation and accountability, and the international community stands ready to help," Hillary said in a statement.

As next step, Clinton said the US and the international community is look to Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and take the necessary measures to address accountability.

"We are committed to working with the Sri Lankan government to help realise this goal, and I look forward to discussing future actions with Foreign Minister (G L) Pieris soon," she said.

"We will continue the productive working relationship we have with the Sri Lankan Government based on shared values, respect and constructive dialogue. Most important, we seek to strengthen our partnership with all the people of Sri Lanka," Hillary said.

Earlier at the UNHRC, the resolution was moved by the American Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe.

"Given the lack of action to implement the recommendations of the Sri Lankan government's own LLRC, and the need for additional steps to address accountability issues not covered in the LLRC report, it is appropriate that the UNHRC consider and adopt this moderate and balanced resolution," she said.

"It is a resolution that encourages Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of it own LLRC and to make concerted efforts at achieving the kind of meaningful accountability upon which lasting reconciliation efforts can be built," the US Ambassador said.

It is almost three years since the end of Sri Lanka's long and painful conflict, she said adding that for the past three years, my government has worked bilaterally, and with like-minded countries, to engage officials at the highest levels of the Sri Lankan government on the steps that are necessary to build a peaceful future for the Sri Lankan people.

"We looked forward to the Commission's report, and understood that Sri Lanka would develop its own action plan to implement the LLRC recommendations," Donahoe said.


First Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 23:41

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