Saturday, 01 March 2014 - 7:53
Update : Nisha Biswal also joins Navi Pillai
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal has stated on twiter that Sri Lanka did not make significant progress on reconciliation or justice and accountability for alleged crimes.
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This was as Washington released its world human rights report for the year 2013 at the US State Department.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who officially released the 2013 Human Rights Reports with country specific assessments, also tweeted that the “US supports UNHRC Sri Lanka resolution at the March session.
Meanwhile, Nisha Biswal is making her first trip to India next week "to further broaden and deepen" the US-India relationship.
It is believed that she may hold discussions regarding the resolution against Sri Lanka as well.
Update : Saturday, 01 March 2014 - 12:57
Will consider both reports on Sri Lanka: Britain says while supporting Navi Pillai
Britain has backed a call for an international investigation into the incidents that took place during the conflict in Sri Lanka.
UK's foreign secretary Hugo Swire has supported the High Commissioner for Human Rights' call for an international investigation.
On the 24th, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay released her report on the promotion of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka following her visit to Sri Lanka last August.
The British Foreign Sectary stated that they will study Navi Pillai’s report as well as the report prepared as response by Sri Lanka.
Welcoming the progress which has been made by Sri Lanka in areas including the reintegration of child soldiers, demining and reconstruction of conflict affected areas, UK said it strongly believes that, without a credible investigation, it will be very difficult for the Sri Lankan people to move forward.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the failure in the part of Sri Lanka to address the prevailing human rights and other issues have tempted the U.S. to support the Anti Sri Lankan resolution to be presented in Geneva next March.
However, Sri Lanka’s Special Envoy on Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe stated that one should be worried about such reports from the US.