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Ambassador Harper: Sri Lanka Resolution Supports Path to Lasting Peace
October 1, 2015

Sri Lanka Adoption Statement
Human Rights Council 30 – Geneva
As delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper
October 1, 2015US Ambassador Keith Harper

 Thank you. On behalf of the core group, I am pleased to propose resolution L29 entitled, “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka”.  This resolution seeks to support Sri Lanka’s path to lasting peace, built on a foundation of justice and accountability.  We urge all other Member States to join the cosponsors.

We have witnessed important changes in Sri Lanka since January, which have made today’s consultative, constructive resolution possible.  The goal of this resolution—and of our efforts here in Geneva—is to help Sri Lanka undertake a difficult but essential journey.  And, we welcome that this resolution recognizes the critical role of continued OHCHR engagement. As Secretary Kerry reiterated last week, the United States will remain steadfast in supporting justice, promoting reconciliation, and seeking an enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.

We will continue to work bilaterally and multilaterally to support all Sri Lankan people in their efforts to achieve a Sri Lanka that is peaceful, democratic, prosperous, and realizes the full potential of all its citizens.