SL Banks Heavily On Africa And Latin America - GL To Stay Home On Crucial Day

As the vote on US backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the 25th sesison of the UNHRC comes closer, a senior government spokesman said the country was baking heavily on the support of a large bloc of African and Latin American countries. 

Sri Lanka, he said, is also relying heavily on Russia and China when it comes to countring pressure from the US and the UK.

However, sources from Geneva told Asian Mirror that Sri Lanka has only meager chances of defeating the US resolution this year. 

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, who led the Sri Lankan delegation to Geneva this year, will stay in Sri Lanka during the time of vote, government sources said. They also added that the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister held a number of bilateral discussions with representatives from member nations of the UNHRC. 

Meanwhile, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, who is also the Human Rights envoy of the Sri Lankan President, said the UNHRC member nations are divided over the resolution on Sri Lanka. However, it is widely speculated that this year Sri Lanka will lose the support of several countries who voted in favour of Sri Lanka at previous sessions of the UNHRC