UK and Canada disappointed with Sri Lanka’s decision

The United Kingdom and Canada are disappointed with Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw its co-sponsorship from a UN Resolution.

UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Tariq Ahmad expressed deep disappointment that Sri Lanka has withdrawn support for the resolution.

He urged Sri Lanka to protect human rights, and focus on reconciliation, justice and accountability.

Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne said that Canada is disappointed by Sri Lanka’s decision to change its approach to the UN Human Rights Council resolution on accountability and reconciliation.

Canada called on Sri Lanka to take further action on these priorities, and stands ready to support a prosperous and inclusive Sri Lanka.

The Government today formally withdrew its co-sponsorship from the UN Resolution on Sri Lanka and offered to address issues on accountability through a domestic process.

Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena briefed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw its co-sponsorship from Resolution 40/1.

Gunawardena, speaking at the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today, said that the Resolution on Sri Lanka co-sponsored by the former Government was a violation of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

He said that the resolution was co-sponsored by the former Sri Lankan Government without the consent of then President Maithripala Sirisena or Parliament.

As a result, the Minister said that Sri Lanka will withdraw its co-sponsorship of Resolution 40/1 and previous Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Being strategical is the way and act like we have everything is not a way of a real ruler in this modern world.Then tell Gota to get rid of his American citizenship.

  2. Well done Sri Lanka! Never give into the hypocrists of the West. HR is a tool the West uses to dominate the developing countries like Sri Lanka.

  3. Instead of expressing their disappointment, why don’t the UK and Canada ask Sri Lanka for the “Reasons why?”

    Wasn’t this a shot at Sri Lanka using the “Sooka bazooka” in support of the Tamil Diaspora in order to gain some Tamil Diaspora votes?

  4. This resolution has nothing to do with promoting reconciliation but everything to do with making Sri Lanka bow to the whims of the West. President Gota must take a hard and unflinching line on these destabilising manoeuvres or this farce will continue for eternity.

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