Sri Lanka Lobbying in US Prior to Key Rights Resolution

Sri Lanka has enhanced lobbying in the US Congress concerning a resolution that the country is expected to face in the 25th session of the UN rights body next month for the purported “war crimes” during the period of 2009.

The lobbying mission to meet the members of the US congress and other top officials has been a “success”, Lalith Weeratunga, secretary to president Mahinda Rajapaksa, said to the reporters, and the fact that “by providing the true picture of our progress since the end of the 30-year conflict, I was able to change their opinion on Sri Lanka”.

Sri Lanka is currently committed to heavy lobbying to get other countries to support it during the voting for the third consecutive resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in March. Sri Lanka is in fear of the new resolution which may call for an independent international probe into the alleged “war crimes” in 2009. India has supported the US effort against Sri Lanka in the previous resolutions adopted in 2012 and 2013.

In order to try and stave off the resolution, Lalith Weeratunga, president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s secretary, traveled to both Geneva and Washington during the last two weeks; during which the International communities have been requested by Sri Lanka to allow time for orderly resolution of conflicts, urging them not to be swayed by the pro-LTTE diaspora.

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