Friends, in­deed

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The Sri Lankan govern­ment will send a high-pow­ered del­e­ga­tion, led by Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter G.L. Peiris, to at­tend the UNHRC ses­sions to be held in Geneva in March. The del­e­ga­tion will high­light the steps taken by the coun­try to ad­dress ac­count­abil­ity is­sues and the process of re­con­struc­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion af­ter the civil war.

Sev­eral mem­ber coun­tries sup­port­ing Sri Lanka are re­port­edly plan­ning to sub­mit a counter-pro­posal against the U.S.-led res­o­lu­tion on Sri Lanka that called for an in­ter­na­tional

in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged war crimes dur­ing the last stages of the war.

UNHRC-mem­ber coun­tries Rus­sia and China al­ready op­pose the Bri­tish and U.S.-spon­sored res­o­lu­tion on Sri Lanka while friendly coun­tries like Pak­istan, Iran, the UAE and In­done­sia have also ex­pressed their reser­va­tions on the anti-Sri Lankan res­o­lu­tion.

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