Sri Lanka’s leader has abandoned plans to oppose his prime minister’s support of a United Nations resolution that would give the island nation more time to address war crime allegations stemming from its long civil war.

On the U.N. human rights council agenda this week is a report by High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet criticizing Sri Lanka for failing to fulfill its pledge to investigate alleged atrocities by the military and now-defunct Tamil Tiger rebels. The co-resolution up for adoption on Thursday would extend Sri Lanka’s deadline by two years.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena came into power in 2015 promising to help the war-torn country reconcile, including by investigating allegations during the rule of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. With an eye toward upcoming elections, Sirisena has changed his stance.

FILE - In this April 6, 2015, file photo, Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil women sit holding placards with portraits of their missing relatives as they protest out side a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)
FILE – In this April 6, 2015, file photo, Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil women sit holding placards with portraits of their missing relatives as they protest out side a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)
FILE - In this July 18, 2017, file photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
FILE – In this July 18, 2017, file photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
FILE- In this Tuesday Feb. 28, 2017 file photo, Mathiaparanan Abraham Sumanthiran, a lawmaker from the Tamil National Alliance, listens to a question during a meeting with a group of journalists in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)
FILE- In this Tuesday Feb. 28, 2017 file photo, Mathiaparanan Abraham Sumanthiran, a lawmaker from the Tamil National Alliance, listens to a question during a meeting with a group of journalists in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

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