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Sri Lankan embassy gearing up to fight US resolution

The Sri Lankan embassy in the US has managed to ward off a campaign launched by a US congressman pushing for progress on the UNHRC resolution adopted earlier this year, according to sources at Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry.

Speaking to the Sunday Leader, sources at the ministry said they had managed to have House Resolution 177, first presented by Republican congressman, Michael Grimm in 2011, removed from the calendar this year, but feared that it may be re-submitted and passed before January.

According to the Sunday Leader, sources said: "Ambassador Wickramasuriya and officials from the Sri Lankan Embassy in the US are working hard to discourage support for the resolution and attempt to withdraw it completely or change the resolution to be supportive of Sri Lanka and focus on positive developments.”

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