Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 13:07
India may oppose Sri Lanka this time as well - reveals "The Hindu"
Indian Media reports that India is most likely to vote against Sri Lanka when its human rights record comes up for evaluation before the United Nations Human Rights Council in March.
Sri Lanka had an opportunity to highlight elections to the Tamil-majority Northern Province as one concrete attempt at political reconciliation but Colombo seems to have squandered it by locking horns with the newly elected provincial government.
The provincial elections apart, Sri Lanka does not appear to have done enough to make countries like India that voted against it last year to change their minds.
Meanwhile, Indian Media had mentioned the statement made by the Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Kurshid regarding the UN Human Rights Summit when he met Sri Lankan journalists in New Delhi.
In his statement Minister Kurshid had stated that since this year is an election year in India, it is difficult to explain facts to the public who are focusing on the election and that the public do not like to listen.
If India is to support Sri Lanka during the UNHRC summit, Sri Lanka would have to work to convince India to do so.
Elaborating further he stated that the Sri Lankan public have become overly sensitive regarding the allegations being leveled and that the international community is also over stepping their mandate in taking action in this regard.
In conclusion the Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Kurshid stated that what is required now is a balanced approach to the issue.
Meanwhile, Russia has rejected the request of Western Nations to conduct an international inquiry regarding alleged war crimes committed during the end of the war in Sri Lanka.
Director of the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Anatoly Viktorov who recently toured Sri Lanka stated that it would be fruitless to force pressure on Sri Lanka.
Elaborating further Anatoly Viktorov also stated that the passing of a proposal against Sri Lanka by the UN is interfering with internal issues of the country.