Tamil Diplomat

“Sri Lanka must address the difficult legacy of its past”: UK

The United Kingdom welcomed the United nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka adopted today through consensus to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights.

The British Minister of State for Asia, Hugo Swire “warmly” welcoming the adoption of an “important and historic resolution” on Sri Lanka by the UN Human Rights Council said the UK stands ready to support it.

The United Kingdom co-sponsored the resolution and the one in March 2014 that called for an independent investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“Last year, the UK pushed hard for a UN process that would shine a light on a traumatic period in Sri Lanka’s history. We believed then, as we believe now, that for Sri Lanka to fulfil its enormous potential it must address the difficult legacy of its past,” Swire said in a statement.

“With co-sponsorship by the Sri Lankan government, today’s resolution sets Sri Lanka on a new path towards reconciliation and a more prosperous and inclusive future – a path which is clearly marked by the recommendations set out in the UN report and which, at every step, the United Kingdom stands ready to support,” he said.

“I recognize this has not been an easy process for Sri Lanka, but I commend its people and its government for their willingness to take these brave steps forward,” the British Minister said.