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U.S. says no detailed plan from Sri Lanka for reconciliation


09:23, February 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government said on Thursday that it saw no detailed plan from the government of Sri Lanka for reconciliation, urging the country to take concrete steps to implement recommendations made by a local commission.

"Frankly, we've not seen a detailed action plan from the government of Sri Lanka on how it's going to implement these recommendations," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner, referring to the recommendations made by locally appointed Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which probed into the three-decade long civil war.

"So I think we still encourage the government of Sri Lanka to move forward, to take concrete steps on this implementation plan," he said.

"We're working with our partners in Geneva on a resolution within the UNHRC that calls for actions on important steps toward reconciliation," Toner added.

Human rights groups and several Western nations have pushed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka based on the report of the Expert Panel appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to investigate the country's accountability in the final phase of the civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The United States has said that it would support such a resolution, expected to be adopted on Monday, in order to pressure the Sri Lankan government to take prompt measures to implement the recommendations made by the LLRC and address the accountability issues.

Sri Lankan government has planned public demonstrations calling people to take to the street against the resolution.


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