Prime Minister Ranil Wickresmsinghe today briefed Parliament on the latest developments taking place in Geneva with regards to Sri Lanka and said that he had urged the United States to obtain the support of all countries for the resolution which will be tabled this week.
The Prime Minister said that while countries like China and Russia are likely to support a resolution which will favor Sri Lanka, he had also discussed the matter with India and expects their support as well.
Wickresmsinghe said that he and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had talks with the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap recently with regards to the resolution and added that it was the responsibility of the US to obtain the support of all countries for the final text of the draft resolution.
The Government has already raised concerns over the first text of the draft resolution saying it will not help the reconciliation process.
Countries like China and Russia have said they will only support a resolution which favors a domestic accountability process in Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister also agreed to debate the UN report on Sri Lanka in Parliament as well the draft resolution once it is adopted by the UN Human Rights Council.
Wickresmsinghe also urged Parliament to embrace Tamil political parties like the Tamil National Alliance who are supporting the democratic process in the country.
He said that to ensure permanent peace, the Tamils must be given a political solution and this will be done through constitutional reforms.
The Prime Minister insisted that the Government is not ready to take the country back to the dark ages, nor is it ready to let the future generations suffer. (Colombo Gazette)