(Srilankamirror) – The vote on the US-led resolution on Sri Lanka will take place at the UNHRC in Geneva, Switzerland at 2.30 pm Sri Lanka time tomorrow (Mar. 21).
According to diplomatic sources, the vote will take place following a 90-minute long debate on the resolution that urges the Sri Lankan government to take speedy action on human rights issues.
However, Sri Lanka has been allotted only three minutes out of that time duration.
According to the sources, the Sri Lankan delegation has made arrangements to table, through a friendly country, a counterproposal to the US resolution.
A vote on the US resolution will take place only if the counterproposal is defeated.
The sources said that the US resolution was likely to be adopted at a vote, as Sri Lanka presently has the backing of only China, Russia, Cuba and five other countries, out of a total of 47 UNHRC member nations.
The Sri Lankan delegation is still holding talks to secure more support.
Following India’s announcement that it was inclined to support the US resolution, several African and Middle Eastern countries have decided to abstain at the vote, said the sources.