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UN resolution co-sponsored without my knowledge claims Sri Lanka’s president

Sri Lanka’s president claimed that the government’s representative at the United Nations had co-sponsored a resolution on accountability without his knowledge and claimed that doing so was a betrayal to the military, earlier today.

Maithripala Sirisena claimed Sri Lanka’s UN representative in Geneva committed his government to co-sponsor a resolution at the Human Rights Council without his consent. The Associated Press added that he called the co-sponsorship “akin to betraying the armed forces”.

He added that Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Thilak Marapana was also not aware of the decision, despite Marapana addressing the council the day before the resolution and immediately it was passed.

AP reports Sirisena as stating that the co-sponsorship resulted from “wrong decisions by sections of the government,” in an apparent reference to Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

See more from AP here.


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