MR thanks Manmohan for UN abstention

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Days after India bucked domestic political pressures and signaled it would not slam Sri Lanka publicly and abstained on a crucial vote at the UN Human Rights Council, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse sent a warm thank you letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

India's abstention has reopened relations with Sri Lanka. Indian officials said it gives them greater flexibility to pressure Colombo on political devolution to the minority Tamils. This week, India's high commissioner to Sri Lanka Y K Sinha said in Colombo, "India considers early progress on devolution and a political settlement as being crucial to Sri Lanka to tackle mounting international pressure."

Sri Lanka, in a goodwill gesture, freed all the Indian fishermen held for crossing over into Lankan waters.

While India may have repaired ties with Colombo, India also has a greater responsibility now to hold Rajapakse's feet to the fire, particularly to restart devolution talks with the Tamil National Alliance. (Times of India)
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  • Asoka Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:47 AM

    Land of Lions never ever keep away cows (India holy land of cows)

    Kapatiya Monday, 07 April 2014 04:24 PM

    Master of Double Game. via DM iPad app

    patriot Monday, 07 April 2014 04:29 PM

    Never ever trust India & Indians. via DM Android App

    Devapriya Mendis Monday, 07 April 2014 11:14 AM

    Thats the messsge to TN voters, hanging on tiger tail & left over dollars to buy support.

    king Fate-sky Monday, 07 April 2014 08:12 AM

    now the king fate is on the sky

    kautilya Monday, 07 April 2014 08:16 AM

    He He

    chryshan Monday, 07 April 2014 08:21 AM

    Sri Lanka is recovering now for good. Winning T20 worldcup, Reducing majority in Election and loosing UN resolution against bad bad practices for all Sri lankans by the governament. These are all for good.

    dalubanda Monday, 07 April 2014 08:23 AM

    India could ask a pound of flesh for non-voting, therefore Sri Lanka is under obligation, which is not the best for Sri Lanka.

    Defeat Ahead Monday, 07 April 2014 08:26 AM

    bad sign started from UN resolution, minorities problem and as last Senior minister maithree Pala's speach etc are the signs of defeat ahead

    Dr. Wicks Monday, 07 April 2014 08:29 AM

    [quote name="king Fate-sky"]now the king fate is on the sky[/quote]

    Well said

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Monday, 07 April 2014 08:34 AM

    "India considers early progress on devolution and a political settlement" From Mahinda.

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:46 AM

    INDIA DID NOT abstain for the well being of SL, They decided to abstain for their local benefit... There was NO need to thank India..though Man- Mo-Han would have instructed Indian team to take it easy... for releasing TN fishermen....

    YOU scratch my back I scratch yours?

    Chanakya Monday, 07 April 2014 06:23 PM

    Master of double games trying to outwit the Masters of Double Game in their own game across the Palk Strait. via DM iPad app

    Nadeesha Tuesday, 08 April 2014 07:25 AM

    Manmonhan Sing will go deep down like Yuvi Sing and M. Sing Dhoni after the ongoing power play session….. Results will put the congress down so the 34th too will vanish with HIS party also going, gone… gonna …ah…for a six and an half by the time of the next Asian Awards Ltd. Rankings take place. Stage is set for Lions to lift the 50/50 title 2015 as well.

    idroos Monday, 07 April 2014 09:43 AM

    India is our reliable friend

    jacoobie Monday, 07 April 2014 09:47 AM

    Triple gems bless india and sri lanka

    zorro Tuesday, 08 April 2014 01:29 PM

    saving the face value!

    Perumal Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:58 AM

    [quote name="Dr. Wicks"][quote name="king Fate-sky"]now the king fate is on the sky[/quote]

    Well said[/quote]
    He must thank not only Indian's abstention but also Sri lankans' abstentions in last LC polls.

    rosebud Monday, 07 April 2014 03:35 PM

    Never trust India. via DM Android App

    max Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:30 AM

    m r is shows how helpless he is now.india did not vote for sri lanbka.

    Asoka Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:36 AM

    How can be India is our reliable friend? After giving world's best guard of honor and last respect by Indian trained LTTE also India not change their double standard policy. Never ever trust India. India is hidden enemy. Sri Lankans knows who are our real friends. Our generation now knows, who spoiled Sri Lanka


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