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Crushing defeat for Sri Lanka in Geneva?

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Sri Lanka is unlikely to get the support of even 10 countries out of 47 member countries of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to vote against the resolution on Sri Lanka that has been submitted to the 51st session of the UNHRC.

Reports from Geneva said that 26 countries in favor of the resolution have agreed to co-sponsor it.

Accordingly, 26 countries including Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and the United States of America are said to have signed the resolution.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry said the draft A/HRC/51/L.1 Resolution titled “Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability, and Human Rights in Sri Lanka,” will be taken up for a vote on October 6.

The United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Malawi, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the United States have jointly drafted the proposal.

Many areas including human rights in Sri Lanka have been severely criticized in this resolution.

The Ministry said that Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Sabry and a group of officials will leave for Geneva, Switzerland to participate in the vote.

In a press conference held before the UNHRC Session, Foreign Affairs Minister Sabry said Sri Lanka will suffer a defeat if a resolution is taken up for vote.

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