Blake says resolution not watered down


BlakeUS Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake says the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council was not a watered down document.

In an interview with the BBC Sandeshiya (Sinhala), Blake said that the resolution urges Sri Lanka to work towards reconciliation among all the communities.

He says the resolution does push Sri Lanka to investigate alleged abuses committed during the war and punish those responsible.

Human rights groups had said the final draft of the resolution was watered down. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka with 25 in favor, 13 against it and 8 abstentions.

The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, in presenting the resolution to the Council, said that there were 41 co-sponsors to the resolution.