The United Kingdom, delivering a statement on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core Group at the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, urged the Sri Lankan government to prioritize and drive to implement the UN resolutions, the before the next Council session in March next year.

While welcoming the steps taken by the Sri Lankan government to implement commitments made to the Council in 2015 and 2017, the UK on behalf of Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK as members of the Sri Lanka core group said the pace of progress on important areas remains much slower than what’s expected.

“As time passes, lack of progress in delivering key steps risks undermining reconciliation efforts,” the Core Group said.