The US sponsored resolution was adopted at the UNHRC with 25 countries voting in favour of the US resolution whilst 13 countries voted against the resolution and in favour of Sri Lanka with 08 countries abstaining from voting.
The Pakistan Ambassador Speaking on the resolution that is co-sponsored by 41 other countries, said that the country would vote against the resolution. He went on to say that the resolution was extremely intrusive. Pakistan also took a swipe at India when it said that Sri Lanka had faced externally sponsored terror for many years.
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The Indian Ambassador, Dileep Sinha speaking on the issue, maintained that Sri Lanka should take up an internationally credible and acceptable probe. India said that a resolution against Lanka would negatively impact diplomatic ties. It also added that the intrusive moves by the council are not required by Lanka.
India said that a resolution against Lanka would negatively impact diplomatic ties. It also added that the intrusive moves by the council are not required by Lanka, and “We encourage Sri Lanka to expedite the process of broad- based, inclusive and meaningful reconciliation,” India further maintained that Sri Lanka should take up an internationally credible and acceptable probe into the human rights violations.
“We note with concern the inadequate progress by Sri Lanka in fulfilling its commitment to this Council in 2009. Further, we call on Sri Lanka to move forward on its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority through full implementation of the 13th Amendment and building upon it,” Sinha said.
The US said that Sri Lanka should address widespread concerns and take substantial action.
EU, Ireland, Montenegro and Switzerland welcomed the US sponsored resolution. Ireland urged Sri Lanka to respect human rights.
However, Venezuela spoke strongly against the resolution against Lanka and said that it was hypocritical.
Thailand said that it would vote for Sri Lanka against UNHRC resolution
The Sri Lankan envoy speaking on the resolution said that UN resolution is unacceptable and termed it as pessimistic. Sri Lanka expressing its displeasure on the resolution and asked as to why everybody was obsessed with it. Sri Lanka expressed anger and said that today Lanka was the target of such a resolution and in future other countries would similarly be targeted.
Terming the resolution as one that is in violation with the UN and the Human Rights Commission, Lanka urged the US not to sponsor them as they would negate efforts of reconciliation.
Japan abstained from voting.