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Friday, 23 March 2012 - 8:01
India worked to tone down anti-Lanka resolution at UN.
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With an aim of striking a balance, India worked behind the scenes to tone down the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN while ensuring dignity for ethnic Tamils, an act Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said was in line with the government's stand.

Singh said India wanted to ensure that concern was expressed to enable minority Tamils in Sri Lanka to get justice while there was no infringement on the sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

He was responding to a question on India voting in favour of the US-sponsored resolution that censures Sri Lanka on alleged human rights violations during the war against LTTE.

Sources said India persuaded the US, sponsor of the resolution, to remove certain references which were "intrusive" in the functioning of a sovereign country like Sri Lanka.

New Delhi also insisted that the resolution contributed to the political reconciliation process in the island nation.

The other change was in reference to the wording of the last paragraph of the resolution which speaks of providing advice and technical assistance on implementing the steps suggested in the resolution.

The amendment makes it clear that the advice and technical assistance would be provided "in consultation with and with the concurrence of" the government of Sri Lanka that made the resolution "non-intrusive".

The sources also said the resolution was "non-judgemental" one and India is of the opinion that Sri Lanka should be given time and space to achieve political reconciliation.

To questions on whether India's vote in favour of the resolution would affect its ties with Sri Lanka, they said the ties between the two countries were thousands of years old and that India would continue to take up the issues bilaterally with Sri Lanka.

Explaining its position on its vote for the resolution, India said it believes the primary responsibility for promotion and protection of human rights lies with the states.

India voted in favour of the resolution along with 23 other countries while 15 countries voted against it.

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