Indian PM briefed on resolution, diluting-'canard’ says Chidambaram

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Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram who was a part of a high profile delegation which briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the resolution against Sri Lanka dismissed allegations that India had sought dilution of the strongly-worded resolution by the US, saying it was an absolute "canard".

Stressing that India wanted the UN Human Rights Council to adopt a "strong" resolution on Sri Lanka, finance minister Chidambaram said India will move amendments to the draft to send a "resolute message" to Sri Lanka and "goad" it to have an independent inquiry, a key demand of the DMK.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was today briefed by top officials on the US-sponsored resolution on human rights violations in Sri Lanka, within hours of government announcing that it will move amendments to the final draft text at Geneva-based UNHRC to send a "resolute message" on the issue.

Singh was apprised of the document in a meeting which was attended by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and India's Permanent Representative at UN in Geneva Dilip Sinha.

"The amendments were finalised yesterday," he said, adding Sinha was in Delhi and he will be given "suitable instructions to move the amendments" at the UN meet. The resolution will come up for voting tomorrow at the 22nd Session of UNHRC at Geneva.

"India's position has always been and remains that the UNHRC should adopt a strong resolution that would send a resolute message to Sri Lanka and goad Sri Lanka to accept an independent and credible investigation," Chidambaram said.

The final draft resolution has two major changes. The first being that the demand for an international independent probe into the allegations of rights violation in Sri Lanka was no longer part of the main text of the resolution. It is part of its preamble.

The second deals with no "unfettered access" for a special rapporteur. (Source: PTI)

  Comments - 8

  • Abdul Wednesday, 20 March 2013 02:06 PM

    we dont need any resolution from out side sri lanka. this is our country and we know what we should do. stay away foreigners.

    RamUk Wednesday, 20 March 2013 02:17 PM


    kaprem Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:00 AM

    PM you should have better spine not to drive national decisions by two fanatic politicians from TN, when all the parties including your allies are against a resolution on Sri Lanka. Believe Rajiv Gandhi is watching how his party is dancing according to the tunes of his killers. via DM Android App

    DAVID Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:22 PM


    Theagarajah Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:30 PM

    All these Indian Politicians and their Tamil Nadu Imbeciles should undergo psychiatric assessments, at least yearly. Most if not all behave according to the whims and fancies of some Idiots in Tamil Nadu who should first attend School as they seem not disciplined at all. As for Jayalalitha, its best she advises her TN fisherman to keep out of Lankan waters. Thats the least she could do.

    Buffaloa Citizen Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:33 PM

    Well done, the last few criminal dictators need to be eliminated.

    Ism Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:39 PM

    This is Indians?? Ok No problem v r da best

    Dont Know what going Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:51 PM

    Ever changing ball game? worse than cricket. Now otherside?

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