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Sri Lanka warns of US threat

2014 Feb 24

The Sri Lankan Government today warned that the United States Government can pose a threat to the entire South Asian region.

National languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara urged South Asian countries not to leave room for the U.S. to pass a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next month.

The Minister warned that the U.S. may attempt to use the resolution to force a change of Government in Sri Lanka.

He said that interfering in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs could be the first step by the United States to interfere in the South Asian region.

The US is to sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC next month and the British Government has said it will co-sponsor the resolution which is expected to call for a UN backed investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Human Rights groups allege that war crimes were committed by the military during the final stages of the war against the LTTE, an allegation the Government denies.

The U.S. sponsored resolution is expected to have the backing of several member countries at the UNHRC including Sri Lanka’s biggest neighbor India.

However Minister Nanayakkara said the Sri Lankan Government appreciated the decision taken by India to ban the controversial ‘No-Fire Zone’ film on Sri Lanka.

He recalled that India had even refused to grant a visa to the Director of the movie, who has been accused by the Sri Lankan Government of playing into the hands of LTTE sympathizers.

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