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Sri Lanka to Implement UN Demands, except International Probe
May 14, 2014

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has said Sri Lanka is in the process of implementing all demands made by the sponsors of the UNHRC resolution against it, except for allowing an international probe into alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the war with the LTTE.  The assertion was made by the Sri Lankan President during a meeting with Seiji Kihara, Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Sri Lankan president  told the Japanese Minister, “Please tell this truth to rest of the world. Except for an international inquiry we are in the process of implementing all other demands made by sponsors of the Resolution. He said, the UNHRC resolution was unhelpful to Sri Lanka. 

The Japanese minister said, “We considered whether the Resolution on Sri Lanka moved in the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva would help Sri Lanka. We decided it will not. That is why we abstained when the vote was taken.  We are not ready to accept biased reports prepared by international bodies. We are confident that Sri Lanka is capable of solving its problems one by one. What is needed is to engage the international community. 

Japan along with India was one of the 12 countries which abstained in the UNHRC vote in Geneva in March. The U.S.-sponsored resolution was adopted with 24 countries voting in favour. The resolution demanded the setting up of an international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka during the last phase of the nearly three decades-long conflict with the LTTE. Sri Lanka has vowed not to cooperate with the investigation. 

 

 


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