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Successfully countered false propaganda: Sri Lanka

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

today said it has successfully countered "false propaganda of adversaries, both international and local" ahead of a UNHRC resolution over alleged human rights violations during its final stages of war against the LTTE.

Lanka said it is doing what is required to see a triumphant end to the UN Human Rights Council resolution.

"We are doing what is needed to be done to ensure victory for the country. We do not want to make those action public", senior minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told reporters.

"We have successfully countered false propaganda of our adversaries both international and local," de Silva said.

The government, in a bid to canvass support from member countries, had despatched several senior ministers to lobby support at the third resolution the country is set to face in as many years late March.

De Silva himself visited to win the south Asian country's support. He also visited last month to brief the Sri Lanka-accredited missions residents there.

Sri Lanka's defence has been that the international community ought to provide the island more time and space to achieve reconciliation and set in motion accountability mechanisms for alleged human rights abuses during the final stages of a nearly three-decade-long war against the LTTE.

Meanwhile, local media reported that Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that there should not be international pressure on

Addressing a group of visiting Sri Lankan journalists in today, Khurshid said India was ready to work with on resolution if the island nation was willing.

His counterpart G L Peiris had said he will brief India again before the March resolution to be moved by the US, Khurshid said.

India backed US in both previous resolutions, much to the disappointment of Sri Lanka.

First Published: Wed, February 12 2014. 23:45 IST