This time India supports SL at UN

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 - 13:19

The Indian government took note of the resolution by the Northern Provincial Council internally, but officials said it was too early to gauge its importance to the reconciliation process already initiated by President Maithripala Sirisena’s new government.

Officials are studying if the resolution would affect the Geneva conference of the UNHRC, where the U.N. special rapporteur is due to submit a report on a U.S.-sponsored “war crimes investigations” that could also lead to a resolution against Sri Lanka being tabled.

India would be keen to see any such resolution put off, it is understood, so as to allow the new Sri Lankan government time to implement its promises to the Northern provinces.

sources in New Delhi said any attempt to challenge the new government with an international genocide investigation at this point could “complicate matters.

India has traditionally opposed any international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, a position that led to India abstaining from the U.S.-backed resolution at the UNHRC in March 2014.

The Hindu reports that the issue of reconciliation and rehabilitation for the Tamil-dominated areas will be a key issue when President Sirisena meets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week.

The government will be keen to discuss the new government’s plans as well as the just-started talks on repatriation of 1 million Sri Lankan refugees living in India.”

President Sirisena will visit India from February 15th to 18th, his first international engagement since he was sworn in.