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Friday, 23 March 2012 - 8:02
Appreciation extended to countries that supported Sri Lanka in Geneva.
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Both organizations and individuals are expressing various views after the US resolution against Sri Lanka was passed at the UN Human Rights Commission in Sri Lanka.

In a statement issued by Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L Peiris said that many countries which voted with Sri Lanka were acutely conscious of the danger of setting a precedent which enables ad hoc intervention by powerful countries in the internal affairs of other nations.

The statement also thanks the 15 countries that voted with Sri Lanka and the 8 countries which, by abstaining, declined to support the Resolution.

Prof. G L Peiris added that with 15 countries voting with Sri Lanka, and 8 countries abstaining, the final result was that 23 countries, out of a total of 47 members of the Human Rights Council, did not support the Resolution, while 24 supported it which means the margin was as narrow as one vote.

The statement goes on to say that the most distressing feature of this experience is the obvious reality that voting at the Human Rights Council is now determined not by the merits of a particular issue but by strategic alliances and domestic political issues in other countries which have nothing to do with the subject matter of a Resolution or the best interests of the country to which the Resolution relates.

It adds that this is a cynical negation of the purposes for which the Human Rights Council was established.

The statement concludes that as far as Sri Lanka is concerned, our policy in respect of all matters will continue to be guided by the vital interests and wellbeing of the people of our country.

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