India urges SL to avoid hostility

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India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid today urged the Sri Lankan leadership to look at “possible ways to avoid an hostile attitude towards people and countries that matter,” in the light of a likely US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in March.

Briefing a delegation of Sri Lankan journalists in New Delhi, Mr. Kurshid said Sri Lanka should move ahead so that India could also tell the world what had been done there.

“Neither should Sri Lanka be oversensitive. Nor should the world be over-reactive. You have to find the right balance with the objective of finding lasting peace in Sri Lanka, building upon the peace you’ve got after 30 years,” he said.

While noting that no country can isolate itself from the world today, Mr. Kurshid said what is legitimate and fair has to be looked at.

“Again none of us can dictate to you that this is the only way to move forward. We can only say that these are the possible ways to do it,” he added.
Being cautious when inquired about the resolutions that had been brought up at successive UNHRC sessions, Mr. Kurshid said, “Whatever we say of a definitive nature will dilute our ability to help… For us to be of help, you should do what we could tell… look this is what Sri Lanka is doing. We have a lot of satisfaction to express. But it is important to take the world with us, including those who are cynics. And there are enough people in the world who understand reason. We should reason with them.”

He said it was important for Sri Lanka to find ways of communicating with the rest of the world.

“We have to find ways of communicating our compulsions, limitations and our capacity and seek greater understanding from the world. Not as an excuse, not as an alibi, not as an escape. But as a process,” Mr. Kurshid said. “Some people may have reasons, an agenda, that is compelled by their own domestic constituencies because of overseas Sri Lankans—Diaspora –who have a very significant role in the politics of those countries.”

However, Mr. Kurshid also hinted at the domestic electoral compulsions in India as well with regard to issues concerning Sri Lanka against the backdrop of the upcoming general election in India.

“This is a difficult thing because for you and us this is a very critical moment. We are in election mode. Election time is not always easy to be able to explain to people. There is neither time nor willingness to listen to things,” he said.

Mr. Kurshid said all countries are committed to the United Nations.

“Sri Lanka is not always at the receiving end. Sri Lanka has many times played an important role in UN institutions. I can think of what Sri Lanka did when we were attacked. So we are deeply conscious that you have a role in the world.”

Speaking of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, he said though there are two views in Sri Lanka about it the process should continue through dialogue such as the Parliamentary Select Committee. Commenting on the Northern Provincial Council election, he said it was a move with “foresight” and a “major opening.”

Speaking about Northern Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran, he said he was the “right man and a good man.” “When I met him I saw a lot of promise.” (Kesara Abeywardena and P. Mathanavasan in New Delhi)
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  • vijay Thursday, 13 February 2014 04:21 AM

    Hand in glove partner once,now washing of its hand

    Roshan Thursday, 13 February 2014 04:30 AM

    Everybody is looking at their own business, it is the SriLankan delegates who are troubling them by asking them to support us in the Geneva resolution.

    ind Thursday, 13 February 2014 04:35 AM

    Tell this infront of a mirror!

    Mason Thursday, 13 February 2014 04:42 AM

    The present regime in Sri Lanka wants to be deaf to good advise. It takes time for them to learn lesson and regret the folly.

    EJ Saturday, 15 February 2014 11:23 AM

    First leave the tamils free, let them enjoy autonomy under federal structure like Indian states in India. Only then India will starting looking at its own business. There are ancestral roots linked between SL and India. hence India will continue to dominate Lankan foreign policy as it is the sole power in the Indian Ocean, Let Lanka implement the 13th amendment, if they are true democracy and really care for the minorities. Till the time the superiority complex and indifference to tamils continue, India can never be a mere spectator. India is capable of funding and creating new terror outfits if SL does not heed and pay attention to its advise.

    EJ Saturday, 15 February 2014 11:26 AM

    Allow US and UK to investigate both Indian and SL atrocities now.

    EJ Saturday, 15 February 2014 11:29 AM

    They will never learn any lessons till the world community gets into SL for investigation. By that time it will be too late.

    EJ Saturday, 15 February 2014 11:30 AM

    Good cut yourself off from the entire world community. SL will live long.

    EJ Saturday, 15 February 2014 11:31 AM

    India will continue to feed and make SL bleed if SL does not pay attention to India. SL is always at India's mercy in the Indian ocean.

    Suq Madique Thursday, 13 February 2014 05:13 AM

    Why not investigate the IPKF atrocities in SL?

    Suq Madique Thursday, 13 February 2014 05:29 AM

    Its the countries like the US, UK, Canada and India who have been hostile to us and expected us take it lying down

    lkboy Thursday, 13 February 2014 05:31 AM

    actually, we and the entire South Asian neighborhood should be telling that to YOU.

    an s !!!kith udugama Thursday, 13 February 2014 05:54 AM

    sword or mice the dude .

    No Hope Thursday, 13 February 2014 06:05 AM

    This dirty Country fueled and made all the troubles in past and again and again to Sri Lanka. Still they force us to do things as per their wants, interests and wish.

    we're still asking their help and mercy.

    What they did last few years and what we did for their favor.
    LIOC, Trinco tank farm lease, Nothern Railway, Busses purchased from India, Trains from India, Indian Credit Line, Changes of SAPTA favor to India, Saampur Power plant contract. Land sales/ Lease in Colombo city limits. Common presidential candidate selection, all these done and did by the interference of India what we could do in our country as we want,

    emerald Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:19 AM

    there is no need to be hostile. just ignore the unfriedly scum like india, us uk.
    simple
    dont buy their goods or services and dont visit those countries and spend your hard earned cash, just spend it here.
    dont do pilgrimages to india, go to anuradapura instead.
    simple

    Ravi Kamal Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:48 AM

    Here we go big bully again. Sri Lanka is not colony of any body including you. Either you are with us or against us. You have proven again and again that INDIA is against Sri Lanka. So avoid speaking from both sides of the mouth.

    ruwan Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:48 AM

    Why, isn't that not enough? They are the major English speaking countries. Australia .....mmm. .. needs to grow up.. Do you want more countries to tell you?

    sllion Friday, 14 February 2014 03:07 PM

    S K Is real joker, he is asking SL to avoid hostility they are the one who fed LTTE and excercerbate this problem. India is the biggest terror to sri Lanka via DM Android App

    Public Thursday, 13 February 2014 08:06 AM

    You guys think you are very clever! like you dominate in Cricket management with the help of white skins, are you trying to dominate in our country affairs too with the same skins?

    Rohan Wickremasinghe Thursday, 13 February 2014 08:07 AM

    You are the ppl who funded the LTTE war in Sri Lanka: I suggest three forces would do better with women commanders

    sujee Thursday, 13 February 2014 03:31 AM

    How about you all look after your own business leaving Sri Lanka alone?


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