America waters down resolution while signs portend of an agreement prior to Geneva resolution

Monday, 04 March 2013 - 19:02


While commending the Sri Lankan Government for the ‘physical’ reconciliation work in the North and resettlement of IDPs, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillai said today that she remained concerned about the lack of ‘meaningful progress on accountability and reconciliation.’




The US State Department has said that the new resolution to be submitted by the United States during the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva would be built on the 2012 resolution,


Patrick Ventrell, Acting Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department said that the resolution will request of the Government of Sri Lanka to follow through on its own commitments to its people.




Moreover the Sri Lankan government has objected to the clearance given to hold an anti-government meeting at the British parliament premises last week.


An External Affairs Ministry spokesman said that the government had also raised objections with the British Foreign office after officials of the British government also attended the meeting.


Deputy British Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg, Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and former Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Warsi were among those attended the meeting organized by the Global Tamil Forum.


Meanwhile latest reports have revealed that the Government of Sri Lanka has taken a u-turn to adopt a non-confrontation stance against the West on the proposed US procedural resolution.


Also, the US is expected to water-down its resolution to encourage the countries domestic reconciliation and accountability.


When contacted a senior spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs Confirmed that that talks on several levels are currently underway with US officials on the sidelines of the United Nations Human Rights Council Sessions.


In related developments the Presidents Special Envoy on Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is said to have arrived in the island today.


On the 15th of next month Minister Samarasinghe is due to present the islands Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights council while UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneethan Pillai is also expected to submit her report on the island to the council.


However the UN Human Rights Council has not yet officially confirmed that a American sponsored resolution would be moved against the island.