US tells UNHRC time is slipping in Lanka

US Under Secretary of Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero told the UN Human Rights Council a short while ago that “time is slipping away” in Sri Lanka.

Otero told the Council that the international community had waited for three years for Sri Lanka to take action on the human rights concerns on the final stages of the war, but Sri Lanka had failed to act.

She however did not make any reference to the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka which is expected to be presented to the Council.

Otero said that the US government welcomed the release of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation (LLRC) report but stressed that the recommendations of the report must now be implemented.

“We know from experience that there can be no lasting peace without reconciliation and accountability, but the United States is concerned that in Sri Lanka time is slipping away. The international community has waited nearly three years for action and while we welcome the release of the LLRC report the recommendations of the report should be implemented. We have engaged Sri Lanka bilaterally on these issues since the conflict ended in 2009 and stand ready to continue to work with them. Action now in this council will sow the seeds of lasting peace on the ground,” she said.