Sri Lanka hopes India will vote for it

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Thiruvananthapuram: Sri Lanka Saturday said it hoped India will vote for it in the upcoming UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.
 
India had voted for a US-sponsored resolution last year that pulled up Colombo on issues related to human rights and the re-settlement of Tamils displaced by the military conflict.
 
Sri Lankan Minister for Public Administration W.D.J. Seneviratne told reporters here that there had been "a remarkable improvement in the human rights situation" in his country.
 
"We expect India will consider (the issue) differently," he said.
 
"Today citizens in (the northern and eastern) provinces can freely approach the civil administration to sort out their issues," he said, referring to the former war zone.
 
The minister said bonds between India and Sri Lanka were growing from strength to strength.
 
"India is one of the major exporters to Sri Lanka and in the last year trade between the two countries crossed $5 million. Besides, India is helping to build a power plant in our country," he said.
 
He said Sri Lanka and Kerala had a lot of similarities in culture and food.
 
The minister spoke hours after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ended a two-day pilgrimage tour of India. (IANS)
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  • Ananda Seneviratne Saturday, 09 February 2013 05:17 PM

    Human rights????Lets be realistic...isn't this out of proportion??/Honestly, here and there I hear isolated cases but is there a real BIG HR issue in our country or it is like a 'manthra' that pro-LTTE propagandists and NGOs are feeding into everybody's mouth in and out of Sri Lanka??Open your eyes and see the real ground situiation and compare with other countries like India, Pakistan etc.

    pooooojapakse Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:23 AM

    how can expect others support without doing your home work. even to expect support from Iran, Pakistan, cuba , Venezuela are wrong.

    Aney Machang Monday, 11 February 2013 04:41 AM

    With our women cricket team beating India, we have further antagonised them, No vote!

    Sammy Monday, 11 February 2013 04:43 AM

    Then why do the Sri Lankan monkeys go after India for unearned favours?

    pooooojapakse Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:26 AM

    Well Said, Sandya, Fist of all SL govt should lean the basics.
    Give respect to receive respect. Just basic.

    Nalaka Sunday, 10 February 2013 06:49 PM

    IPL India pay US $750,000 to Ajantha Mendia for a month's tournment....Who is this Russel Peters....or this Stupid Weha..idiot....India is the world's 4th largest economy.

    Nalaka Sunday, 10 February 2013 06:57 PM

    If anybody tell GOSL not to hood wink Sri lankan community and not to waste our Foreign exchange to Bribe other countries.

    Mahen Sunday, 10 February 2013 07:04 PM

    India is needed only when the chair gets heated.....What happened to 13 ++++++++++.

    Jagath Leanage Saturday, 09 February 2013 05:55 PM

    Sri Lankan government, recently rejectd visa to former C.J of India. So how can we expect them to vote favouring us.

    Lucky Weeramantry Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:32 AM

    India Will By Pass Sri Lanka

    Lucky Weeramantry Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:35 AM

    What Is 5 Million Dollars For India. it Should have Been 5 Billion.

    pooooojapakse Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:36 AM

    Your Govt is not making any efforts to re-build it's image. They are just displaying 3 class politics.

    Lucky Weeramantry Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:36 AM

    At The Moment China Is Forgotten. From Now Everything India.

    pooooojapakse Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:38 AM

    you also a joker like Russell Peters. Atleast he's displaying what is real, you guys are hiding. That's the difference.

    Sammy Monday, 11 February 2013 04:55 AM

    What has the government done to address the specific concerns raised by India and the International community regarding human rights violations, to expect support from India? Simply stating that the human rights situation has improved, according to the government's view won't do.

    Lucky Weeramantry Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:43 AM

    Ban Chinese Goods Then India Will Give The Vote.

    pooooojapakse Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:41 AM

    SL is hiding many wrong doings and displaying cheap politics. At least certain sections of Indian leaning /improving their quality seeing Russell Peter. Means Russell Peter contributing in some way without hiding / doing cheap things.

    Countryman Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:43 AM

    It's really 5 billion dollars. 5 million is peanuts even for SL economy.

    Sankha Karunaratne Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:59 AM

    I think UDS 5 Million is inacurate must be 5 billion ner...

    priyantha Sunday, 10 February 2013 10:07 AM

    China was given land in col 7 tax free for its emabssy, so expect their vote in SLs favour!

    raviraj Monday, 11 February 2013 05:36 AM

    Sri Lankan Minister for Public Administration W.D.J. Seneviratne told reporters here that there had been "a remarkable improvement in the human rights situation" in his country.
    That means the minister accepts earlier there was no human rights in the country

    Ranga Sunday, 10 February 2013 11:19 AM

    The big talking Sri Lankans always expect outsiders to rescue them when in trouble of their own making.

    We have seen this with VP too.

    Nate Sunday, 10 February 2013 12:00 AM

    India had the worst HR isssues against the Sikhs. Still no ones is bringing resolutions against them!!! via DM Android App

    jena Monday, 11 February 2013 02:44 AM

    You,, first wake up buddy

    ANTON Sunday, 10 February 2013 05:05 AM

    Hopeless,Tamilnadu pro LTTEers will not allow India to vote for it.

    pooooojapakse Monday, 11 February 2013 11:21 AM

    why are you refer India to a female refering HER? Any significant?

    pooooojapakse Monday, 11 February 2013 11:20 AM

    Rohan Nayer, Pakistan. Afganistan, Cuba , Iran are our big family.

    Sandya Sunday, 10 February 2013 05:48 AM

    The SL Govt. should accept reality and stop day dreaming!!!

    Ann Monday, 11 February 2013 03:20 AM

    Can we please stop comparing ourselves to other countries and worry about cleaning up our own messes?

    Aruna Monday, 11 February 2013 03:25 AM

    India will go with US for sure. They did before and they will do it again. When will you learn ?

    Lankanboy Sunday, 10 February 2013 06:28 AM

    You mean to say, we are richest fellows..,.? Just because Russell doesn't speak about Sri lanka...it doesn't mean that we are well above them..

    Raja Raju Sunday, 10 February 2013 06:50 AM

    Our Government is giving out most of the large projects not to India.
    Increased taxes on cars (Specially to reduce Indian import), motorcycles, and Autos. Every body knows it.
    Now you say that they will vote for you.
    Let's see.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 10 February 2013 06:56 AM

    Just big talk only - the same way one Minister said in the Parliament that Rizana will be freed soon, even after she had been beheaded in Saudi Arabia. Perhaps the Minister whose own electorate is full of foul muders like in Kahawatte carried out by his on associates, does not know what "human rights" are.

    KBJ Monday, 11 February 2013 03:40 AM

    Russel Peter considers Srilankans as Indians too

    Lobo Sunday, 10 February 2013 07:15 AM

    Remember the effect the travel ban had on TN? They came to their senses pretty quickly then because they realized what they were missing. Jayalalitha is still silent after that shock. So don't treat us as insignificant because India does care about trade with SL.

    Dias Monday, 11 February 2013 03:50 AM

    Vote or not it is not a big issue

    human Sunday, 10 February 2013 07:22 AM

    if geneva come near only mr also knowing that there is a god.hahah


    what a funny man

    Lobo Sunday, 10 February 2013 07:26 AM

    Well said Ananda. Funny thing is all the groups who visited us to do their own investigations left with praise for the Govt for the work being done and appreciation for what we have accomplished so far. Its those who have never visited or come with hidden agendas who still harp about the supposed HR issues

    Nodrog Sunday, 10 February 2013 07:29 AM

    But the Indian monkeys still want our peanuts.

    Rohan Nayer Monday, 11 February 2013 03:52 AM

    India will never Vote for us they are traitors, so jealous of Sri Lanka coming up, they have their own track records in Human Rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir we should vote against them, the are not our big brother!!!!

    chalal Monday, 11 February 2013 07:36 AM

    Sri lankans live in fools paradise. Next month will be game change for SL

    Lobo Monday, 11 February 2013 04:07 AM

    Many of you anti-lankans need to get rid of your colonial mentality and not blindly agree with everything the white-man says. If you have a brain, use it.

    pooooojapakse Sunday, 10 February 2013 07:54 AM

    You always say India should mind their own business , look into their own issues with poverty. Why now you expect them to vote.

    lal Sunday, 10 February 2013 07:55 AM

    India is subservient to US. They will do what they told by even UK. Sri Lanka should forget India as a partner and move on. India has back stabbed Sri Lanka before and we have survived and survive again.

    Chenamana Monday, 11 February 2013 04:10 AM

    007

    you very well understood that whre the begging money goes to.

    Nodrog Sunday, 10 February 2013 08:04 AM

    Why stop people living and defecating on the streets in India?

    The judgement day Saturday, 09 February 2013 04:11 PM

    You can't beg for it. You need to earn it. And as Sri Lankans we know that we are working hard to earn it. But India alone will not oppose any resolution or proposal that US/UN come up with. They will always back them in order to maintain their stability. If we can't earn it from India, the best thing is to isolate them and start working on others, because India is not the only country to vote against us.

    malkanthi Monday, 11 February 2013 04:19 AM

    The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people in this country all of the time but sadly applying this to the international community!

    007 Saturday, 09 February 2013 04:15 PM

    US$ 5 million, that is peanuts compared to the Indian economy.

    007 Saturday, 09 February 2013 04:16 PM

    As usual begging for the boss. Why stop beggars in buses in Sri Lanka.

    Nithya Saturday, 09 February 2013 04:30 PM

    India's ruling party will be more concerned about TN parties' support in parliament then US$ 5 million

    Jamal Monday, 11 February 2013 04:28 AM

    Will India support Sri Lanka ? The answer is the prices of indian goods would be trebled in Sri Lanka in March after the voting session

    weha Saturday, 09 February 2013 04:33 PM

    most of the companies in our country do more sales than that amount
    anyways nothing to be surprised Indians are the cheapest fellows.
    You don't believe me ask Russel Peters

    lionheart Monday, 11 February 2013 08:06 AM

    Guys Guys....UN vote or not, dont forget that India is responsible for the terror problem in SL. They did that to prevent SL becoming a singapore. So dont count on thier vote and for god sake isolate them from our Island. They have been and will be always looking to back stab and ruin SL. They successfully ruined our criket team and will do anything to ruin any other development in SL. When will you guys ever learn that India is not GENUINE in her dealings?

    weha Saturday, 09 February 2013 04:34 PM

    Hmm they must have blown the whole 5 mil during that trip ha ha ha

    Fusion Saturday, 09 February 2013 04:45 PM

    "a remarkable improvement in the human rights situation"...??? Was that a joke?


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