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India undecided on resolution

2014 Feb 05

India is yet to decide on its stand to be taken in Geneva when the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka is submitted, Indian External Affairs Ministry sources told the Colombo Gazette.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry also termed as “speculation” an Indian media report which stated that India had refused to support Sri Lanka against the US resolution.

The Indian Economic Times had reported that in order to avoid hurting Tamil sentiments ahead of elections, the Indian government has refused to commit Sri Lanka any support against a US-sponsored UN resolution accusing its military of committing war crimes in the final assault on the LTTE in 2009.

The report said that when Foreign Minister GL Peiris met his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid in New Delhi on Wednesday he had sought the Manmohan Singh government’s support to ensure that the final resolution does not call for any international probe into alleged human rights violations.

With elections in mind, Khurshid did not make any commitment to Peiris, the Indian media report quoted officials as saying. Khurshid advised Peiris to engage with Washington directly and told him that Delhi would take a stand on the proposed resolution at an appropriate time, the officials said. Congress has yet to form an alliance in Tamil Nadu for the Lok Sabha polls.

A decision in favour of Colombo at this time could hurt the prospects of forming one as the popular sentiment in the state is hostile towards Sri Lanka because of the alleged atrocities committed on the Tamils during the assault on the LTTE.

At the same time, New Delhi also wants to keep Colombo as an ally amid the Chinese making inroads into Sri Lanka. DMK had last year severed its ties with the Congress, accusing the government of being soft on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC.

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