‘US resolution, intrusive and politicised’ -No negotiations on US resolution: Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha
Posted on March 9th, 2013

Sri Lanka News

Rejecting it as “ƒ”¹…”intrusive and politicised,’ Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha said the US sponsored draft resolution that is currently being circulated among members, “ƒ”¹…”clearly contravenes the accepted principles of conduct in the Human Rights Council’.

At an informal meeting called by the US on Friday to discuss the draft resolution on Sri Lanka which is to be tabled towards the end of the session, Aryasinha warned the member states that this action was “ƒ”¹…”precedent setting, and could in the medium-to-long term have an adverse effect on all developing countries’.

“I express hope, that the US government and possible co-sponsors of the resolution, would do nothing to endanger the delicate reconciliation process ongoing in Sri Lanka, as well as the constructive engagement Sri Lanka is presently pursuing with the United Nations, the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner and the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), as well as our bilateral partners,” he said in a statement.

He said Sri Lanka took part in the informal meeting since it valued the interest taken by member states and other stakeholders in the HRC on Sri Lanka, but what is being perpetrated there is a political process contrary to the principles of cooperation.

Referring to the report of the OHCHR sanctioned by the US resolution of March 2012, the Ambassador said “ƒ”¹…”the High Commissioner has gone beyond her mandate in making recommendations which are arbitrary, highly intrusive and of a politicised nature.’

In support of his stance he pointed out that she has not given due recognition to the ongoing reconciliation process, implementation of the LLRC action plan, the end of a 30 year long terrorism and averting a human catastrophe.

He said contrary to what was made to believe by the US the draft was far from a procedural resolution and did not have nexus to the earlier resolution. He said it was intent on singling out countries for “ƒ”¹…”naming and shaming’.

Earlier Ambassador Aryasinha met the US Ambassador Donahoe and conveyed to him that Sri Lanka rejected entirely the premise the resolution is based on.

The Lankan PR stressed that his country was open for constructive engagement with parties seeking “ƒ”¹…”respectful dialogue’ on reconciliation.

The US resolution is to be tabled on March 21.

Sri Lanka will not negotiate with the US on the text of the forthcoming US resolution before the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha on Friday told the US Ambassador for Human Rights, Eileen Donahoe.

“I conveyed to Ambassador Donahoe, that GOSL rejects entirely the premise on which this resolution is based, and as has been its consistent position, does not intend negotiating with the US on the text,” Aryasinha said intervening at a meeting called by the US to discuss its draft resolution on “Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka.”

This meeting was chaired by Donahoe and many member and observer states of UNHRC participated in the discussion. A number of NGOs were also present at the event.

“GOSL does not recognize resolution 19/2 and maintains its consistent position that, through resolutions of this nature, what is being perpetuated is a politicized process in a manner which is unfair, biased, unjust, and contrary to the principles of cooperation, genuine dialogue and the founding principles of universality, impartiality non selectivity, that should guide all member states in facilitating the method of engagement and the mandate of the Council,” Aryasinha said.

He said that he was participating the Friday’s meeting as he did not wish to dismiss the interest taken in Sri Lanka by member and observer states, representatives of international organizations and civil society, irrespective of whether such interest is justified or not.

“GOSL always has, and continues to remain engaged with all parties seeking a respectful and constructive dialogue on how to move the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka forward. We hope this spirit of engagement will be reciprocated, and that member and observer states of the HRC will view developments in Sri Lanka with an open mind,” he said.

8 Responses to “‘US resolution, intrusive and politicised’ -No negotiations on US resolution: Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha”

  1. Christie Says:

    This is what India is doing in Fiji with the help of the Commonwealth. US is only acting as a puppet of India and Indians in the US. Wickram Singh is definitely a Non Resident Indian (NRI), Navi Pillai and Yasmin Sooka are Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) who are really Indian colonial parasites from Soth Africa.

  2. S de Silva Says:

    I wish that our Ambassador also said (or will say in the future), just for the record, that no such demands of “accountability” have been demanded of any other nation in the past including the US. This is nothing but absolute and utter hypocrisy. S de Silva – London

  3. Lorenzo Says:



    “Indian colonial parasites” are in SL too.

    They want to Indianize the Sinhala Buddhist country. Nanthikadak has not taught them a lesson.

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    From adaderana.lk


    Indian oil parasites should be given a SHOCK of what MAY happen, if they go against SL interests at UNHRC.

    India will have to choose between TN clowns and SL.

    BOTH have costs NOW.

    “The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) says a special inspection is being carried out on a consignment of petrol imported by Lanka IOC to the Trincomalee Harbour.

    Measures have been taken to conduct test on petrol samples, CPC Managing Director Susantha Silva said.

    16,000 metric tonnes of petrol brought down by Lanka IOC had reached China Bay last evening while it has been reported that the quality of the fuel has sparked controversy.

    Mr Silva said the unloading of the fuel shipment has been prohibited without special tests.

    The CPC added that substandard fuel will not be allowed to be brought into the country.

    Meanwhile industry trade unions claim that initial laboratory tests have confirmed that the petrol is substandard.

    However, attempts by Ada Derana to contact an official of the Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) failed.

    Last month 5,000 metric tonnes of substandard diesel imported by Lanka IOC was rejected by Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL).”

  5. Hiranthe Says:

    Tell these people a word of Jesus Christ… which they will understand…

    “He That Is Without Sin,Cast The First Stone”

    Otherwise these western masters think they are so clean…

  6. Senevirath Says:

    they will say , yes we are clean . like mr clean in sri lanka

  7. S de Silva Says:

    It is time that the GoSL arganised a blitz of protest letters by the populace to the US embassies in Sri Lanka and elsewhere that the current US resolution at the UNHRC against Sri Lanka is highly biased, unjust and tainted by the very highest level of hypocrisy ever possible – (Remember the Tamils may be doing the opposite!) – S de Silva – London

  8. Vis8 Says:

    Well said, Mr. Ambassador! Thank you, and please remember: all of Sri Lanka is behind you. Teach these hypocrites and those terrorist-refugees with faked Sinhalese names like ‘Senevirath’ that we will not be scared of their buffoonery. Best Wishes and Good Luck!

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