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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 - 12:56
Indo Sri Lankan leaders snub Geneva talks during summit in Myanmar - says Indian External Affairs Ministry.
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met President Rajapaksa yesterday, but didn't disclose which way New Delhi would vote on the UN resolution seeking an international probe.

Any substantive aspect of the sensitive issue was not discussed as the two leaders met on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC summit, a day after the draft UN resolution was released.

Briefing reporters, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Singh told President Rajapaksa that India had just seen the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka which has "important implications" for both countries.

The return of the UNHRC resolution as a talking point on the global human rights stage is a ticklish issue for New Delhi that has to walk the tightrope of reconciling the compulsions of domestic politics in Tamil Nadu with its need to maintain friendly relations with a strategically-important neighbour.

For two years in a row, India has voted against Sri Lanka at the UNHCR.

The issue touched a new dimension last November when the Dravidian parties, including then UPA ally DMK, demanded that the prime minister boycott the CHOGM meeting hosted by Colombo.

Minister of External Affairs, Professor G.L. Peiris who leads the Sri Lanka delegation to the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council is scheduled to deliver the Sri Lanka National Statement at the High Level Segment of the HRC today at 2.15pm local time.

As is customary for leaders of the delegations, Minister Peiris will meet High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay on Thursday.

 
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