4 countries submit amendments on US resolution targeting Sri Lanka

Friday, 15 March 2013 - 13:12


The final amended draft of the US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka, which will be presented in Geneva, indicates several of the resolutions have been 'softened-up' to 'pacify' the Government of Sri Lanka.

However, the resolution also calls Sri Lanka for a 'dedicated general debate' at the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The debate will be on the report, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights would be presenting to the Council.

The resolution encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations in the OHCHR report.

It is also learnt that countries such as Russia, China, Pakistan and Cuba had proposed to amend the resolution 'to soften further,' but the other delegates had said it would be 'toothless and meaningless' if they went ahead with further amendments.

On the other hand, the EU countries and Canada wanted the resolution be amended with wordings 'much stronger.'

The most debated issue was 'the dedicated general debate'.

All four countries, namely: Russia, China, Pakistan and Cuba that supported the Government of Sri Lanka, opposed the inclusion of a 'dedicated debate.'

The Government of Sri Lanka did not participate in the discussion, although one official from the Sri Lankan delegation was present.

It was also noted that India 'kept silent' while the discussion was going on.