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In policy shift, US proposes joint resolution with Sri Lanka on war crimes investigation

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The United States says that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next month's U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lanka's government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes.

The announcement Wednesday by the visiting Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal presents a major shift by Washington on the South Asian island nation.

The U.S was in the forefront in adopting a resolution at the U.N. human rights session last year calling for an international independent investigation into the alleged abuses.

Biswal says however the U.S. now supports a local investigation that the new Sri Lanka government of President Maithripala Sirisena has promised.

Biswal did not say what the new resolution would contain.

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