America rejects Indian amendments to proposal against Sri Lanka

Friday, 22 March 2013 - 12:58


Seven amendments proposed by India to the United States-sponsored resolution on human rights in Sri Lanka were rejected by Washington.

The US turned down India’s suggestions to the resolution following concerns that they would “erode” support for the resolution.

The resolution was passed in Geneva yesterday with 25 votes, including India’s, in its favour.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has hailed the vote on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.

White House National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor said the United States Government applauds the passage of the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on “Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.

While noting that Sri Lanka has extended an invitation for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham Pillay to visit the country, India today urged the High Commissioner to undertake the visit at an early date.

Submitting an Intervention in the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka, India which voted against Sri Lanka as it did last year, hoped the Office of the High Commissioner and UN Special Procedures continue their engagement in accordance with their mandate.