Hirunews Logo
Update+%3A+Australia+issues+another+guarantee+regarding+Sri+Lanka
Friday, 21 March 2014 - 9:39
Update : Australia issues another guarantee regarding Sri Lanka
7,056

Views
The Abbott government is resisting a push by its closest allies to establish a United Nations investigation into allegation in Sri Lanka, where Australia has returned more than 1100 failed asylum seekers in the past 18 months.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed Australia had not co-sponsored the resolution and wanted a motion to reflect ''progress'' in ''reconstruction and rehabilitation'' in Sri Lanka.

Australia has previously co-sponsored resolutions at the UN's Human Rights Council expressing concern on Sri Lanka's record but is understood to have exasperated the US, Canada, Britain and the Europe Union by not yet backing this one, which for the first time calls for an independent and comprehensive inquiry into the allegations.

Bishop said the government wanted to see a final text of the resolution before deciding whether it would co-sponsor the resolution.

She said Sri Lanka has made progress since the end of the war, including on reconstruction and rehabilitation and the Australian government expect this to be reflected in any final text.

Julie Bishop stated that the government encourages all parties to take a constructive approach to assist the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka.'


Update : Friday, 21 March 2014 - 12:44
-----------------------------------------------------
Julie Bishop stalls on UN call for Sri Lanka inquiry


The Abbott government is resisting a push by its closest allies to establish a United Nations investigation into allegation in Sri Lanka, where Australia has returned more than 1100 failed asylum seekers in the past 18 months.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed Australia had not co-sponsored the resolution and wanted a motion to reflect ''progress'' in ''reconstruction and rehabilitation'' in Sri Lanka.

Australia has previously co-sponsored resolutions at the UN's Human Rights Council expressing concern on Sri Lanka's record but is understood to have exasperated the US, Canada, Britain and the Europe Union by not yet backing this one, which for the first time calls for an independent and comprehensive inquiry into the allegations.

Bishop said the government wanted to see a final text of the resolution before deciding whether it would co-sponsor the resolution.

She said Sri Lanka has made progress since the end of the war, including on reconstruction and rehabilitation and the Australian government expect this to be reflected in any final text.

Julie Bishop stated that the government encourages all parties to take a constructive approach to assist the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka.'
Make a Comment
Make a Comment

DOWNLOAD HIRUNEWS APP ON ANDROID & APPLE
Maskeliya foot-prints draw crowds
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 16:00
The Department of Archeology has started an investigation into the ancient foot-prints found in Maskeliya in the Sri Pada area.They said they will conduct... Read More
News Image
Hiru News Programme Segments
307 Views
10,889 Views
96 Views
1,558 Views
363 Views
12,515 Views
Top