Hillary Clinton Welcomes UN Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka Reconciliation
Thursday’s action by the UN Human Rights Council encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to continue on the path toward reconciliation following 27 years of civil war said Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton on Thursday welcomed a UN resolution urging Sri Lanka to "credibly investigate" allegations of war crimes during its battle against Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009.
US Secretary of State said, The United States, together with the international community, sent a strong signal that Sri Lanka will only achieve lasting peace through real reconciliation and accountability, and the international community stands ready to help.
In tabling the resolution in Geneva, Washington said Colombo had been given three years to hold its own investigations into allegations of serious violations, but "given the lack of action... it is appropriate" that the 47-member state council pushed it to do so.
"An enduring peace will be unsustainable without meaningful steps to foster national reconciliation and accountability," said US envoy Eileen Donahoe.
While making a veiled threat, she said that the he next steps are clear and we look to the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and take the necessary measures to address accountability.
She went on to announce that we are committed to working with the Sri Lankan government to help realize this goal, and I look forward to discussing future actions with Foreign Minister Peiris soon.
“ We will continue the productive working relationship we have with the Sri Lankan Government based on shared values, respect and constructive dialogue. Most important, we seek to strengthen our partnership with all the people of Sri Lanka.”
In the meantime Sri Lankan authorities have rejected Thursday's resolution, saying the country must be given time to complete its own domestic investigations without interference from foreign powers.
- Asian Tribune –