Geneva vote today; support to Sri lanka from many countries.

Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 8:14


The final draft of the United States-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council on 18th March, will be taken up for voting today, still with possible minor oral revisions.

The new draft titled, ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka,’ was significantly softened in the use of language before its submission on 18th March due to certain countries lobbying for a more amenable approach.

The United States, it is learnt, has been working overtime to achieve larger consensus on the 2013 resolution unlike the previous, and had come under serious pressure from certain countries, including Cuba, Indonesia, Thailand and Pakistan to incorporate language that does not appear harsh.

Sources from Geneva emphasized that several countries that welcomed the draft and those who have not publicly expressed stance, have both required the US to acknowledge the work completed in Sri Lanka with regard to resettlement, demining and infrastructure development in the former war zones and to not be overcritical.