US to sponsor resolution supportive of Sri Lanka’s govt

US to sponsor resolution supportive of Sri Lanka’s govt

US to sponsor resolution supportive of Sri Lanka’s govt

Written by Tharushan Fernando

26 Aug, 2015 | 6:19 pm

The United States says that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next month’s U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lanka’s government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes.

The announcement by the visiting Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal, of a joint resolution with the Sri Lankan government, presents a major shift by Washington on the South Asian island nation. She also stated that the new government of Sri Lanka has undertaken a new avenue towards accountability.

Biswal went on to note that, however, the U.S., now supports a local investigation that the new Sri Lanka government of President Maithripala Sirisena has promised.

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal added that a domestic mechanism would address matters pertaining to reconciliation and accountability and that good relations between both countries would be further strengthened.

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