US to press SLanka again at UN rights council

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it will sponsor a resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council that Sri Lanka is worried could call for an international investigation into allegations of war crimes.

A top aide to Sri Lanka's powerful president is in Washington this week, hoping to head off that threat.

The presidential aide is trying to persuade the U.S. that Sri Lanka is on a path toward national reconciliation, nearly five years after crushing a rebellion by ethnic Tamil fighters.

Sri Lanka has been at peace since, but hasn't satisfied international concerns over the fate of tens thousands of Tamil civilians in the dying months of the war.

The State Department said Monday it will sponsor a resolution in March, but wouldn't say whether it would call for an international investigation.

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