Published On: Sat, Jan 18th, 2014
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Pakistan assures support to Sri Lanka at UN Human Rights Council

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COLOMBO: Pakistan Prime Minister has assured support for Sri Lanka during the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in March should a third resolution be presented by the U.S. on the island’s sketchy human rights record, a statement said here on Friday.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoys excellent relations and there is strong political will on both sides to further develop and promote the bilateral relations.

“Pakistan’s prime minister assured continued support to Sri Lanka at International forums,” the statement released by the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said.

Sharif had made these statements when he met Sri Lanka’s Irrigation and Water Management Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva who is visiting Pakistan as special envoy of the president of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan government has been sending high level Cabinet ministers to different countries to drum up support ahead of the UNHRC sessions in Geneva in March.

The prime minister also extended an invitation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit Pakistan.

De Silva reciprocated the warm greetings of Sharif and said that the relations between the two countries will further enhance due to keen interest of both Pakistani and Sri Lankan leadership.

U.S. Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice Stephen J. Rapp wrapped up an evaluation visit to Sri Lanka earlier this month increasing speculation that a third resolution on Sri Lanka will be placed before the UNHRC in March.

In November British Prime Minister David Cameron issued an ultimatum to the Sri Lankan government that the U.K. would support a new resolution for an international probe into allegations of war crimes unless credible investigations are made locally.

The UNHRC has already adopted two resolutions on Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2013 for it has allegedly failed to investigate war crimes allegations, promote reconciliation and improve human rights.