The United States commended the Sri Lankan government's decision to co-sponsor the draft solution tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council on promoting accountability and reconciliation in the island nation.
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that the United States, Sri Lanka, and other partners tabled a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that represents a landmark shared recognition of the critical importance of truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence in promoting reconciliation and ensuring an enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.
The top U.S. official noted that in the past year, Sri Lankan people have twice voted to put Sri Lanka on the path to peace and turned their country away from a divisive approach that for too long sapped Sri Lanka's strength.
Kerry said this resolution demonstrates our support for Sri Lanka as it takes courageous steps to strengthen its democracy and restore civil liberties for all Sri Lankans, while also addressing the painful experiences of the past to ensure they never recur.
According to the Secretary of State, the resolution marks an important step toward a credible transitional justice process, owned by Sri Lankans and with the support and involvement of the international community.
Secretary Kerry offered his government's for Sri Lanka to face the challenges in addressing the painful past and to ensure their non-recurrence.
Kerry said the United States will remain steadfast in its commitment to walk with Sri Lanka as it takes these important but challenging steps.