SL seeking support of friendly congressmen to defeat US resolution

Sri Lanka is lobbying the support of friendly US congressmen to defeat a resolution tabled in the House of Representatives by seven congressmen demanding an international inquiry into alleged violations of the international humanitarian law during the war in Sri Lanka, officials said.

In this resolution tabled on September 7, the congressmen urged the United Nations to establish an independent international accountability mechanism to look into reports of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other human rights violations by both sides during the war and after it ended.

The resolution also seeks international intervention to encourage the Sri Lankan Government to allow for greater media freedom and for access by humanitarian organizations, journalists and international rights groups to war affected areas and rehabilitated LTTE combatants. The seven congressmen have also called for a political settlement on a meaningful devolution of power.

When asked for a comment, External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunaratne Amunugama said the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Washington Jaliya Wickramasuriya had been asked to lobby friendly congressmen for their support to defeat this resolution.

“The tabling of the resolution does not mean much. Yet, our ambassador will work to defeat it,” he said. (KB)

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