Sri Lanka to reject UNHRC resolution

Sri Lanka will reject the final draft of a US-sponsored resolution submitted at the UNHRC, which seeks to discredit and single out the country over alleged human rights violations, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said.

Mr. Peiris, in his communiqué to member states setting out the government of Sri Lanka’s stand on the resolution, said, “Drawing disproportionate attention to Sri Lanka’s situation and introducing resolution that seeks to discredit, single out and humiliate the country are unhelpful and counterproductive to Sri Lanka’s current reconciliation process.”

“Just as the Government of Sri Lanka did not recognise the last HRC resolution, it rejects the new resolution. Sri Lanka intends to request a vote when the draft resolution is taken up at the Human Rights Council on 21 March, 2013.”

“Sri Lanka seeks the understanding and the support of HRC member states at the vote on this resolution.”

Mr. Peiris said that the beneficiaries of the resolution would be none other than the divisive forces that seek to destabilise the hard won peace in Sri Lanka, he said.

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