United States will support a credible domestic process for justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, which one that is led and owned by the Sri Lankan people and conducted in cooperation with the UN and with international support, stated by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The US Embassy in Colombo stated that Kerry had said the above when he met President Maithripala Sirisena in New York. Secretary Kerry had also commended the bold steps taken by the new Sri Lankan government to restore democratic freedom at home and to renew its engagements with the United Nations and other key partners abroad.
The Secretary and President Sirisena also discussed ways in which the United States can support Sri Lanka in pursuing clean energy initiatives, improving cooperation on climate change efforts in the run-up to the COP 21 meeting in Paris, and working toward open government goals, the US Embassy stated.
The embassy said that their discussion was built on the meetings the Secretary had during his visit to Colombo in May. Meanwhile, the Resolution on Sri Lanka is likely to be adopted unanimously today, September 30 after moving it for discussion at the 30th session of UN Human Rights Council.
The draft resolution was tabled at the UNHRC on September 24. The resolution is co-sponsored by the USA, Sri Lanka, UK, Australia, Macedonia and Montenegro. All member countries that voted for and against during the previous UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka are expected support the current one. The draft resolution calls for wide-ranging reforms and a domestic accountability mechanism with international involvement.
The first resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted at the UNHRC in 2009 during a special session soon after the end of war. It was a resolution of assistance to Sri Lanka in the promotion and protection of human rights. The report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Investigation on Sri Lanka was made public on September 16.