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President rejects US resolution

2014 Mar 08

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today rejected the US sponsored draft resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council and said the vote on the resolution later this month will be of no significance.

Responding to a question raised on a live television program broadcast on several channels late this evening, the President said that the Government was not concerned about the resolution or the vote outcome.

He said that the allegations raised in Geneva are not new as similar allegations were raised even soon after the war.

The President said that the report on Sri Lanka of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, presented to the UN Human Rights Council at the ongoing session, was also nothing new as she was expected to release a critical report.

“We knew at the start that based on wrong information this report was being complied. We are not afraid to face anything. We have given the people the right to live,” he said.

The President recalled that leaders from Cuba and Israel had told him recently that they had faced many resolutions in the past and had rejected them all.

“I am not worried,” the President said about the proposed resolution on Sri Lanka.

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