The Sri Lanka government is now facing a daunting task of preventing the passing of a resolution against the island nation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) within five days in Geneva, Foreign Ministry sources said.
The UNHRC is ready to stand up for international rule of law and pass a resolution that establishes an international accountability mechanism capable of delivering justice to victims of war in the North and East of Sri Lanka.
With this impending threat like the sword hanging by a single hair above the head of Damocles, the government has no diplomatic option to enter into a compromise at the upcoming Geneva sessions due to its arrogance, foreign relations experts noted.
However, the UNHRC will not defer to the current government’s assurances that it will institute accountability of its own accord and without international involvement.
The Core Group on Sri Lanka (UK, Canada, Germany, Montenegro and North Macedonia) will table a tough resolution on the lines of High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s damning report and that it will likely have the support of the new US Administration.
According to informed sources, there is intense lobbying by SL diplomats to reach a compromise resolution.
Otherwise, the government diplomats will go all out to ensure that any reproving resolution is defeated with Chinese support with Indian abstention.
However, if the government fails to control the damage due to its standoff with the US and European Union, Sri Lanka will fall into an economic abyss in which China will not be able to rescue its strategic ally .