An informal meeting will take place to gather support for Sri Lanka on the sidelines of the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council on September 17 at the UN building in Geneva.
The United States last week set in motion an operation to seek support for Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva and the process will see heightened diplomatic activity as d-day nears for Sri Lanka at the Council.
The US Ambassador to Geneva Keith Harper informed the UNHRC at its organizational meeting for the 30th session, that the US, on behalf of a core group, plan to offer a resolution on Sri Lanka to follow up on the new Sri Lankan government’s efforts to promote reconciliation and accountability.
He said that the resolution will also be based on the report based on the investigations conducted on the war in Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
“We hope to work collaboratively with the new government of Sri Lanka and key stakeholders on this text,” Ambassador Keith Harper told the envoys at the organizational meeting.
The US and the core group will be looking at reducing the impact the investigations report will have on Sri Lanka when it is made public during the 30th session of the UNHRC which begins on September 14.
Harper said that an informal meeting will take place on the sidelines of the 30th session on September 17 at the UN building in Geneva.
“The first informal has been scheduled for September 17 in Room 24 from 10 to noon,” he said.
The report is part of the process which was set in motion by the US through HRC resolution 25/1 when the former Government was in power. (Colombo Gazette)