Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Adoption of the Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
March 22, 2012


Today, the UN Human Rights Council took strong action to promote a durable, just and equitable peace in Sri Lanka. The resolution adopted convincingly today promotes reconciliation and accountability after decades of terrorism and civil war. Through this resolution, a broad and diverse coalition of the international community sends a powerful message to the Government of Sri Lanka that the time for concrete action is now.

The resolution welcomes the constructive recommendations in the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission, while acknowledging the need to address key issues of accountability. It also calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to present a plan to implement the recommendations and address alleged violations of international law. To advance these efforts, the resolution encourages the UN to offer advice and technical assistance to Sri Lanka. We welcome these next steps and the United States stands ready to support the government and the people of Sri Lanka as they move forward with these important efforts.

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PRN: 2012/060