US says resolution still under discussion

The United States says the resolution on Sri Lanka which was to be presented at the UN Human Rights Council is still under discussion.

U.S Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake said this in a twitter interview conducted by the State Department today.

“the res. is under discussion; great opportunity for SriLanka to describe what it intends to do to implement the LLRC’s recs,” he said.

Blake also said that the appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva, who was chosen by Asian countries to sit on a UN committee about peacekeeping but was eventually barred, was “inappropriate” given the lack of an independent investigation into the circumstances under which the war in Sri Lanka ended.

Meanwhile, separately in Washington, testifying before the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, Admiral Robert Willard, Commander of the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) said that Sri Lanka is focused on developing its maritime security capabilities while preventing a resurgence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam.

But he said USPACOM’s engagement with Sri Lanka will continue to be limited, until the Government of Sri Lanka demonstrates progress in addressing human rights allegations.