Jan 28, 2013 (AFP) – The US will bring a fresh resolution to the UN Human Rights Council in a bid to force Sri Lanka to deliver on promises to probe its troops for war crimes, top US diplomats announced Monday after talks with Colombo. “The US has decided to sponsor a procedural resolution (against Sri Lanka) at the March 2013 sessions of the UNHRC,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore said.
The US recognised Sri Lanka had made “some progress” since the previous US-led censure of Sri Lanka at the March 2012 UNHRC sessions in Geneva, but Washington believed more needed to be done, Moore said.
“The US and the other 23 members of the UNHRC who voted for that resolution in 2012 believe that the government of Sri Lanka needs to fulfil its commitments made to its own people,” Moore said.
He added that the fresh resolution to be moved in March was a reflection of “US commitment” to the people of Sri Lanka. The island emerged from nearly 37 years of ethnic bloodshed in May 2009 after security forces crushed Tamil rebels.
The US has been highly critical of Sri Lanka’s human rights record and has refused to train several of its senior military officers, saying they were linked to credible allegations of