UK urges sl to fast-track implementing unhrc resolutions

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In a statement to the UNHRC, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core Group, the United Kingdom urged Sri Lanka to prioritise and drive forward implementation of the UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, before the Council next considers Sri Lanka in March, next year.


The Sri Lanka Core Group comprises Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK.

“Our view remains that, with determined leadership and a clear time-bound action plan, this Government can make more progress towards delivering its Council commitments, and that doing so will better position Sri Lanka and its people to enjoy a more enduring reconciliation and prosperity,” the UK said.

The statement: “We welcome further recent steps Sri Lanka has taken to implement commitments made to the Council in 2015 and 2017. We welcome the Government’s continued engagement with the UN system and actions to implement its National Reconciliation Action Plan and Peacebuilding Priority Plan…  We also welcome the return of private land in the north, and commitments to return more military-occupied land to civilians. Nonetheless, the pace of progress on important areas remains much slower than many hoped for. ..The lack of progress ..risks undermining reconciliation efforts.” it said.