India wants 13th Amendment

The Indian delegation at the UN Human Rights Council today called on Sri Lanka to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the constitution.

Speaking on the US resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to the Council, Indian envoy Dilip Sinha raised concerns over the lack of progress in Sri Lanka on addressing accountability issues.

The Indian delegation also welcomed the announcement that elections will be held in the north later this year.

Meanwhile the Pakistan delegation objected to the US resolution saying it will affect the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan also raised concerns over the failure to include some amendments proposed by Pakistan to the resolution.

The European Union meanwhile welcomed the resolution and urged the UNHRC to keep Sri Lanka on the agenda of the Council.

The United States on Monday tabled the final version of the resolution on Sri Lanka at the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, with co-sponsors such as Austria, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway and Britain.

In a toned down document as compared to the previous drafts, the resolution requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with input from relevant special procedures mandate holders, as appropriate, to present an oral update to the Human Rights Council at its 24th session, and a comprehensive report followed by a discussion at the 25th session, on the implementation of the present resolution.

The U.S. government said it had alerted the government last year on the possibility of taking action on Sri Lanka if there was no progress in human rights related issues.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, on Monday, said that Sri Lanka had been alerted last year by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she met Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris.

Nuland said that the United States is working with several governments on the resolution on Sri Lanka submitted at the UN Human Rights Council. (Colombo Gazette)