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Tuesday, 20 March 2012 - 12:25
India's status as a regional power affected by decision on Sri Lanka.
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Indian political analysts state that an Indian vote for the resolution forwarded by the US against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council would have implications on its status as a regional power and its ties with Sri Lanka, and may also affect New Delhi’s leverage with Colombo on sending aid to Sri Lankan Tamils.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the Lok Sabha that India was “inclined” to vote in favour of the US-backed UN resolution.

Analysts say the Indian government’s decision is prompted by the DMK party’s decision to pull out of the ruling alliance.

The final draft of the resolution against Sri Lanka has not been put forward as yet.

Indian media reports indicate that several amendments may be made to the current draft.

India is currently holding discussions with co-sponsors the United States and France.

It is expected that the clause regarding an external monitoring mechanism may be amended

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha described as “evasive” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement in parliament that India was inclined to vote in favour of the US resolution on Sri Lanka and said it would not serve any purpose.

In a statement, she said the Prime Minister was silent on human rights violations in Sri Lanka and did not say that the Sri Lankan government has to be condemned for violation of human rights.


However, leader of the DMK party M Karunanidhi called off his scheduled hunger strike after the Indian government said it intended to vote against Sri Lanka.

Karunanidhi was to fast on Thursday backed by DMK cadres all across Tamil Nadu.

Further more, former Indian diplomat G Parthasarathy has said that all Asian and African UNHRC members are likely to oppose the resolution.

He added that it may scrape through only if the Latin American countries vote in favour.

He also added that voting in favour of the resolution as it stood would have consequences for Indian diplomacy.

The diplomat added that India may lose leverage with the Sri Lankans and it would be Pakistan and China that benefit by it.

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