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Monday, March 05, 2012 - 5.23 GMT
Objectively assess Sri Lanka’s efforts – Ambassador Wickramasuriya


In this month’s webcast Sri Lanka Ambassador to the US, Jaliya Wickramasuriya provides an update on the situation regarding Sri Lanka at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 19th Session in Geneva.

The United States has stated that it will support a resolution that might be brought against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC.

Ambassador Wickramasuriya explains how and why such resolution can jeopardize Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process that is already underway.

Moreover, he articulates what Sri Lanka expects from expatriates in the United States, in communicating these serious concerns to the concerned U.S. authorities.

Sri Lanka has made tremendous strides since the successful end of its war against terrorism in May 2009, he said.

It is important to understand first-hand the true status of events in Sri Lanka, rather than the version that might be presented during the contentious debate at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva. Indeed, the facts speak for themselves, he further said.

Most importantly, we have ended terrorism in Sri Lanka – there have been no security incidents, and no injuries or loss of life due to terrorism, since the conflict ended in May 2009, the Ambassador stated.

In the light of this progress within Sri Lanka, there is no justification or urgency whatsoever in floating a UNHCR resolution calling for the implementation of the LLRC’s recommendations and engagement with the High Commissioner, when this implementation has already been effectively undertaken by the Sri Lankan Government, the Ambassador added.

What we now need from the international community is objectivity in assessing Sri Lanka’s efforts. More than anything we need to ensure that the process is allowed to advance unimpeded. We do not need unwarranted incursions that will compromise successful implementation. LLRC recommendations must be adopted in a democratic manner without external pressure to ensure effective implementation and lasting results, he said.

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