Sri Lanka gov’t minister urges boycott of US goods

A Sri Lankan Cabinet minister is urging the public to boycott American products, accusing the U.S. of encouraging separatism in the island nation.

A proposed U.S.-backed resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe alleged abuses during the country’s civil war is to be debated at the ongoing U.N. Human Rights Council session in Geneva. The 25-year war ended in 2009, with government troops defeating the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa said Tuesday that the proposed U.S.-backed resolution amounts to calling for the revival of the defeated rebels.

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