Sri Lankan government supporters from the former northern war zone area wave the national flags and shout protest slogans outside the U.S. embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday. Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Supporters of Sri Lanka’s government have brought a city in the country’s former civil war zone to a standstill to protest a U.S.-sponsored resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council on alleged war crimes.

Shops, banks and government offices were closed Thursday in the eastern city of Trincomalee.

Sri Lanka faces criticism for failing to properly probe alleged war crimes and rights abuses during the final stages of the quarter century-long war, which ended in 2009.

The United States is sponsoring a third resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council calling for an international probe of alleged war crimes if Sri Lanka fails to conduct one of its own. Debate on the resolution is expected next week.

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