Karunanidhi states that Sri Lanka denigrated Indian Leaders

Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 18:31


The US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka is due to be tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council has been tabled in Geneva this evening.


Delegations representing the US as well as Sri Lanka are said to have discussed the report separately yesterday.


Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe briefed the Asian Group last afternoon on the progress made in Sri Lanka by the government on addressing post war issues.


The Permanent Mission of Jordan was hosting the meeting on behalf of the Asian Group attending the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council.


Meanwhile in a separate room, the US delegation led by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain, held a meeting with representatives from other countries where she spoke on the resolution submitted on Sri Lanka.


Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasingha had said in a statement last Friday that he had already conveyed to Ambassador Donahoe that the government rejects entirely the premise on which the resolution is based, and as has been its consistent position, does not intend negotiating with the US on the text.


Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is to present the formal response to the US resolution at the UNHRC tomorrow.


According to the co-sponsor of the resolution Amnesty intonations amendments to the draft had been permitted until this afternoon.


Meanwhile, continuing his opposition to India’s Sri Lanka policy, DMK president M. Karunanidhi said he could not understand why India still considered Sri Lanka a friendly nation even though it had “humiliated” all Indian leaders, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Rajiv Gandhi.


He referred to Sri Lankan Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha’s announcement that his country would not negotiate with the US on the text of the US resolution before the UN in Geneva.


Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had urged Sri Lanka to hold talks with the US about the draft resolution.