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Split on vote a victory says Lanka

2014 Mar 24

The Government says the split over the vote on the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a form of victory for Sri Lanka.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s special envoy on human rights, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, who has just returned to Sri Lanka from Geneva, said that the split shows that Sri Lanka has been able to successfully convey to the international community what it has achieved following the end of the war.

The Minister also said that most countries have succumb to US pressure on the Sri Lankan issue and so an unbiased approach cannot be expected during the vote in Geneva.

He said that most countries have their own political goals to achieve and that will play a bigger part in deciding which way to vote on the Sri Lankan resolution.

The resolution is to be debated and then taken for a vote at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week and it is expected to pass by a majority.

The US sponsored resolution is to call for an international investigation on Sri Lanka into alleged human rights abuses committed during and after the war.

The Government has already said it will oppose the resolution even if it is passed by a majority vote and that it will continue with domestic mechanisms to address human rights concerns.

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