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Video : Update : UN probe on Sri Lanka not ideal : says Australia
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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the proposed United Nations investigation of war crimes in Sri Lanka is not the best way forward.

Bishop said the Australian government considered engagement with Sri Lanka to be the most effective way to encourage progress on human rights issues.

She said genuine advances in accountability and reconciliation will only be possible with the co-operation of the Sri Lankan government.

Bishop said this resolution was passed by the UN Human Rights Council of which Australia was not a member and did not vote.

Bishop said the resolution also did not adequately recognise the significant progress taken by the Sri Lankan government to promote economic growth and its investment in was affected areas.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the decision of the UNHRC to initiate its own independent investigation in Sri Lanka.

Cameron said this is the best way to achieve an inclusive and prosperous future and to ensure that Sri Lanka achieves its amazing potential.

DMK Treasurer M K Stalin today slammed the Centre for abstaining from voting on US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva as he claimed credit for the party for the past votes by India against the island nation.  

India had voted against Sri Lanka on three previous occasions due to the "pressure" exerted by his party, which was then a partner of UPA.

Stalin said the Indian government abstained from voting today as DMK was not in the government.



Update : Friday, 28 March 2014 - 14:50
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UN probe on Sri Lanka not ideal says Julie Bishop

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the proposed United Nations investigation of war crimes in Sri Lanka is not the best way forward.

Bishop said the Australian government considered engagement with Sri Lanka to be the most effective way to encourage progress on human rights issues.

She said genuine advances in accountability and reconciliation will only be possible with the co-operation of the Sri Lankan government.

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