US to submit “tough” resolution on Sri Lanka

The United States is to submit a new resolution on Sri Lanka at the February-March UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva.

According to the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper a visiting US delegation had informed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that a US backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC is a certainty.

The US State Department deputies, who had visited Jaffna yesterday and met the army as well as the Jaffna bishop and others in the area, had on Saturday held talks with the TNA.

The Uthayan newspaper reported that the US delagtion had discussed the contents of the resolution with the TNA.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vikram Singh and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jane Zimmerman arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday morning.

James R. Moore is a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs since September 2010. Moore was previously the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo from 2006 to 2009.

Jane B. Zimmerman is a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, responsible for South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and International Religious Freedom.

Vikram J. Singh is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Singh serves as the principal adviser to senior leadership within the Department of Defense for all policy matters pertaining to development and implementation of defense strategies and plans for the region. (Colombo Gazette)