Sri Lanka urges US House committee not to process with “inaccurate” resolution

Sri Lanka on Saturday formally urged the US House Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) not to proceed with a resolution that called for a political solution in the island nation dismissing it as “inaccurate, biased and unsubstantiated”

Jun 05, 2021
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Sri Lanka on Saturday formally urged the US House Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) not to proceed with a resolution that called for a political solution in the island nation dismissing it as “inaccurate, biased and unsubstantiated”.

In a communication, the Sri Lanka government said that it vehemently opposes the contents of the resolution “which contains allegations relating to Sri Lanka that are inaccurate, biased and unsubstantiated, raising grave suspicion regarding the intention of the resolution”.

The communication was accompanied by a detailed analysis of the resolution, which laid out paragraph by paragraph, its prejudicial nature, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said in a media release.

“It was observed that the proposed resolution equates the LTTE – proscribed by the US since 1997 and named by the FBI in 2008 as among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world – to an ‘armed independence organization’, exposing the resolution’s origins and purpose.

“The resolution encourages separatism and questions even the nature of the Sri Lanka State, by references to ‘Traditional Tamil Homelands’. This not only misrepresents established historical facts, and present-day realities, but also contributes to supporting the dismemberment of Sri Lanka, which is the ultimate goal of the LTTE and its supporters,” it said.

It alleged that the resolution attempts “glorification of terrorism”, and “will give inspiration to rump elements of the LTTE and its numerous front organizations within the US and across the world, as well as to other terrorist organizations”.

It said the resolution was “at significant variance with stated US policy”, and “may lead to an erroneous conclusion that the House supports armed acts to achieve political goals”.

The resolution, moved by Democrat Congresswoman Deborah Ross, calls for honoring the lives lost in the civil war in Sri Lanka, and “expresses support for justice, accountability, reconciliation, reconstruction, reparation, and reform in Sri Lanka to ensure a lasting peaceful political solution and a prosperous future for all people of” the island nation.

 The decades-old civil war ended in Sri Lanka on May 18, 2009, when its army crushed the terror outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) - which had carried out a violent movement seeking a homeland for the Tamils in the island - with the killing of the organization's supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.

(SAM)

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