India defends move on Lanka

India’s Home Minister P Chidambaram has defended the decision taken by India to support the US sponsored resolution at the UN’s top human rights body censuring Sri Lanka for alleged rights violations in the war against LTTE, saying it would not have been carried as expected if the country had hesitated, the PTI news agency reported.“Had we not rendered our support, things would have been different… had we hesitated even a little, the resolution would not have been carried as expected by us,” he said. Pointing out that 24 countries, including India, had voted for it, 15 against and eight had abstained, Chidambaram expressed the confidence that even countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan could be ‘convinced” through India’s diplomatic approach. It had also asked Colombo to present as expeditiously as possible a comprehensive action plan on steps to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and address alleged violations of international law. On March 22, the 47-member UN Human Rights Council had adopted the resolution, noting with concern that an internal inquiry report in Sri Lanka does not adequately address “serious allegations” of violations of international law. read more

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