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Sri Lankan rights issue: India not to act hastily

[Hindu, Thursday, 8 March 2012 12:18 One Comment]

External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna - hinduIndia’s stand at the ongoing U.N. Human Rights Council meet in Geneva on the resolution against Sri Lanka over alleged war crimes would be taken based on the overall ties between the two neighbours and the sentiments in the country, External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna said on Thursday.

“Certainly we will take into account the overall relationship between India and Sri Lanka and the sentiments that are prevalent in our country. We will take every factor into consideration before we take a final call on our stand in Geneva,” he said.

Mr. Krishana’s comments come days after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa shot off two letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking India’s support to the U.S.-backed resolution against Sri Lanka for alleged human rights violations during the civil war.

Mr. Krishna also said India was providing a number of humanitarian aids to the internally displaced “Tamil—speaking brothers and sisters” in the island nation. He himself had seen renovation of schools and other works undertaken by New Delhi, he added.

On concerns expressed by Ms. Jayalalithaa in another letter to Prime Minister over frequent ‘unannounced’ visits by Sri Lankan VIPs to Tamil Nadu, Mr. Krishna said the Centre would take her opinion into account.

“We are a federal state, we have the greatest respect for the rights of States. Whatever is the assessment of the State governments, we will certainly take it into account… we will see how we can reconcile the issue,” he said.

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  • d.Pillay said:

    India, stop defending Genocidial Sri lanka, let the killers be punished. You are dividing your own country, do you think a TAMIL will be truly patriotic to India, when you continiously defend sri lanka, because you want to be better friends to sri lanka than china.