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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 - 8:07
A telephone call from Minister G L to Indian foreign Minister.
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For the first time, India directly told Sri Lanka that it will go by domestic opinion in voting at the UN Human Rights Council on the US-initiated resolution even as the island nation sought a review of India's decision as expressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament.

Citing "strong sentiments" expressed in Parliament in favour of the resolution, foreign minister S M Krishna told his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister G L Peiris in a telephonic conversation that India could not ignore the views held by several MPs over the issue.

Minister G L Peiris called S M Krishna yesterday saying India should not vote in favour of the resolution because of its "cordial and strong" relations with Sri Lanka.

According to official sources, he also said that Sri Lanka was facing a tough situation because of the resolution and that any decision by India to vote against it would prove divisive.

S M Krishna asked Professor G L Peiris to look into the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report.

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