Sri Lanka warns of U.S. threat to South Asia


The Sri Lankan Government on Sunday warned that the U.S.Government may pose a threat to the entire South Asian region.

Sri Lanka's National languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara urged South Asian countries not to leave room for the United States to pass a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva next month.

The minister warned that Washington may attempt to use the resolution to force a change of government in Sri Lanka. He said that interfering in Sri Lanka's domestic affairs could be the first step by the United States to interfere in the South Asian region.

The United States is to sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC next month which is expected to call for a UN-backed investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka. Human rights groups allege that war crimes were committed by the military during the final stages of the war against the Tamil Tiger rebels, an allegation the government denies.

The rebels were defeated in May 2009 after 30 years of fighting but human rights groups claim that some 40,000 civilians were killed in the process.

The U.S.-sponsored resolution is expected to have the backing of several member countries at the UNHRC, including Sri Lanka's biggest neighbor of India.

However, Minister Nanayakkara said the Sri Lankan Government appreciated the decision taken by India to ban a controversial film on Sri Lanka. He recalled that India had even refused to grant a visa to the director of the movie "No-Fire Zone," who has been accused by the Sri Lankan Government of playing into the hands of Tamil Tiger sympathizers.