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US welcomes UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka

Hillary Clinton welcomed a UN resolution asking Sri Lanka to probe allegations of human rights violations during civil war against the LTTE.

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

"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

"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.


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