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Against the backdrop of demands by Tamil parties that India should vote against Sri Lanka at the UN on human rights issue, government on Wednesday remained evasive on the stand it will take even as it asked Sri Lanka to treat it as a humanitarian issue rather than “a matter of ego”.

With a resolution set to be moved on Sri Lankan Tamils at the UN, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said he has asked his Lankan counterpart G.L. Peiris to work with the US and report progress if any made on the issue to arrive at a draft which is “acceptable to everybody”.

“Government will take a stand. As of now I have told my colleague Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka to engage the US. If you have moved forward (on human rights issue), you should bring that to the knowledge of the US to arrive at a consensual draft which is acceptable to everybody,” Mr. Khurshid told reporters outside Parliament.

“It is a humanitarian issue. It is not an issue on which anybody should stand on ceremony or ego. If it is possible, speak to them directly and find a suitable and acceptable draft,” he said.

His comments came against the backdrop of mounting demands by Tamil parties that India should take a tough stand against Sri Lanka and vote in favour of resolution to be moved against it.

The US is set to move a new resolution against Sri Lanka at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council for its alleged war crimes, asking the country to promote reconciliation and accountability.

The resolution will ask the government of Sri Lanka to follow through on its own commitments to its people, including implementing the constructive recommendations from the report by Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. (PTI)
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  • idroos2002 Wednesday, 06 March 2013 10:45 AM

    Just Implement the LLRC and the resolutions can be defeated present and future we all stand by our president at this hour

    RAJU Wednesday, 06 March 2013 10:59 AM

    VICTIMS NEED JUSTICE. WHOEVER DID THAT WE CANT ACCEPT SOME EYEWASH ACTIVITIES.

    Kumar Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:00 AM

    I am against any sort of international invdstigation into killings during the war simply because it doesn't serve any purpose. SL govt belongs to all, hence it has to sue all former LTTE carder for terrorism if anybody in the army is charged. Whatever happened during the war is over. Lets allow all people to live peacefully forgetting the past .I dont agree with the way this govt behave, but thats a separate matter. SL tamil are SL, not Indian. Sk India/TN should try to sort out issues in TN & India without wasting time on SL. If anybody has been to TN, would see that TN govt van do lot more to uplift the situation there than pointing fingers to SL. via DM Android App

    RamUk Wednesday, 06 March 2013 11:08 AM

    in simple terms india saying listen to US ..l am sure SL have to accept what US says with some 'adjustments' which SL claim victory of changing the terms but in reality SL will listen US it is just matter of time

    Nodrog Thursday, 07 March 2013 02:16 PM

    Well said Kumar. Those trying to keep the matter alive are only spawning more hatred and communalism.

    raa one Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Every body says, JUST CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE. It is very simple, but rounded. via DM Android App

    saliya Wednesday, 06 March 2013 11:45 AM

    Indian stand is very clear. It will vote against Sri Lanka.

    k.sung Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:07 PM

    it is fool hardy to resist US. Srilanka is no super power.

    Nodrog Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:08 PM

    Ramuk, just because India sucks up to the US doesn't mean we also have to. The tide is changing for the hypocritical US and they are not the force they used to be...thats the reality.


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