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Sri Lanka Rejects UN Rights Probe,a conspiracy for a regime change

Sri Lanka vehemently rejected the UN sponsored resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday (27) as an conspiracy by "parties seeking a regime change".

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris said that the outcome of the vote on the U.S sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Commission reflects that more countries are against the U.S at the Human Rights Council in Genevaddressing a press conference at Peacock Hotel in Hambantota. He said the countries voted in fabour of the 'unethical' resolution because they could not reject US pressure for economic reasons.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) yesterday passed the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka with 23 countries in favour and 12 against with 12 abstentions. Accordingly the number of countries that do not support the resolution are greater than those supporting it and 33 of the 36 countries that co sponsored the resolution are from Europe Prof.Peiris pointed out.

The External Affairs Minister said the international community knowing that they cannot bring about a regime change in the country by means of democratic means, was attempting to achieve their objectives through external means with the support of opposition and other inimical forces in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa rejected the resolution ordering a war crimes probe, telling AFP news agency that he would instead press ahead with his own reconciliation plan.

"We reject this," Rajapaksa said. "This resolution only hurts our reconciliation efforts. It does not help. But I am not discouraged. We will continue with the reconciliation process I have started."