US invites countries to co-sponsor UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka

US invites countries to co-sponsor UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka

Written by Charitha Fernando

16 Mar, 2017 | 5:44 pm

The United States while applauding efforts taken to promote reconciliation under the administration of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called on “like minded UN members” to co-sponsor the draft resolution tabled on 13th March at the UN Human Rights Council.

The United States said by joining a list of sponsors, other countries could demonstrate support for reconciliation and peace in Sri Lanka.

“On Monday, March 13 at the UN Human Rights Council the United States and other members of the Friends of Sri Lanka Core Group tabled a draft resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka that reflects our enduring commitment to lasting peace and justice for all the people of Sri Lanka,” the US State Department website said.

The State Department said it worked in close consultation with Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Montenegro and Macedonia to draft the resolution.

“We look forward to the adoption of the text, which will support reconciliation and justice in Sri Lanka, help ensure a non-recurrence of conflict, and strengthen democratic governance and freedoms for all Sri Lankans,” the statement said.

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