Saturday, 01 February 2014 - 19:17
Signs of India opposing Sri Lanka this time as well.
To avoid hurting Tamil sentiment ahead of elections, the Indian government has refused to commit Sri Lanka any support against a US-sponsored UN resolution calling for an international probe into alleged human rights violations.
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris met his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid in New Delhi and 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.
According to official sources, with elections in mind, Khurshid did not make any commitment to Professor G L Peiris.
The Economic Times reported that Khurshid advised Professor Peiris to engage with Washington directly and told him that Delhi would take a stand on the proposed resolution at an appropriate time.
At the same time, New Delhi also wants to keep Sri Lanka as an ally amid the Chinese making inroads into Sri Lanka.
Our news team inquired with this regard from the former permanent representative to Geneva Dr Dayan Jayarthilaka.
Dr. Jayathilaka stated that India’s stance in crucial during the Geneva vote.
However, Government’s Special representative for Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the government is ready to face any challenge during the Geneva sessions in order to safeguard the country’s stance.