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Saturday, 01 March 2014 - 13:02
UPDATE: Video: A hidden agenda behind the US resolution; Says President.
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President Mahinda Rajapakse states that there could be a hidden agenda behind the US resolution that will be forwarded at the forthcoming UNHRC session.

However President Rajapakse stated that such a resolution does not have any impact as long as the public is with the government.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa denounced Washington’s plan to move a UN human rights resolution against the island nation.

The President in a news conference with foreign media in Colombo stated that there should not have been a resolution at all.

The resolution, the third consecutive one faced by the government, insists that Sri Lanka's human rights record has failed to improve.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that Sri Lanka has done the best it could, elaborating on extensive infrastructure facilities costing an estimated 4.5 billion U.S. dollars, demining, rehabilitation of 13,000 former LTTE carders, including former war zones in multiple elections as examples of progress.

The President emphasized that human rights concerns are being addressed through home grown methods including kicking off internal investigations into allegations of war crimes along a special presidential commission to inquire into disappearances during the war.

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris who also participated in the meeting stated that there is simply no justification for such action year after year.



UPDATE: Saturday, 01 March 2014 - 07:22 PM
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No need of a resolution against Sri Lanka: President tells foreign journalists


President Mahinda Rajapaksa denounced Washington’s plan to move a UN human rights resolution against the island nation.

The President in a news conference with foreign media in Colombo stated that there should not have been a resolution at all.

The resolution, the third consecutive one faced by the government, insists that Sri Lanka's human rights record has failed to improve.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that Sri Lanka has done the best it could, elaborating on extensive infrastructure facilities costing an estimated 4.5 billion U.S. dollars, demining, rehabilitation of 13,000 former LTTE carders, including former war zones in multiple elections as examples of progress.

The President emphasized that human rights concerns are being addressed through home grown methods including kicking off internal investigations into allegations of war crimes along a special presidential commission to inquire into disappearances during the war.

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris who also participated in the meeting stated that there is simply no justification for such action year after year.

Describing Sri Lanka's endeavor as a"David vs. Goliath" battle, President Rajapaksa said the resolution supported by mostly western countries was motivated by the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora living in U.S, Britain and Canada and the need of politicians to win votes by pleasing them.
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