By Colombo Telegraph –
The revised US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council does not call for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes and human rights violations during the last stages of the war but only “calls upon” Sri Lanka to conduct “an independent and credible investigation.”
The earlier draft of 12 March “urged” the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendations made in the report of the Office of the High Commissioner but now only “encourages” the Government and also calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of violations of international humanitarian law.
The following document shows how the draft was changed. While it is assumed by many that the changes were made to accommodate Indian concerns, the watering down has led to the Congress’s southern ally, DMK, not only to withdraw its Ministers from the UPA Government but also to meet Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and withdraw support to the Government. Congress is said to be considering passing a resolution in the Indian Parliament on Sri Lanka to placate its ally.
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