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‘India’s stand at UNHRC will depend on SL’s actions’

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India’s National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has made it clear to the Sri Lankan top brass that New Delhi’s stance at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sri Lanka’s human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in November will depend entirely on what Colombo does to improve its human rights image, the Indian Express reported.

Menon’s refrain that the issues of ethnic reconciliation and political settlement of the Tamil question in Lanka are matters to be settled by Sri Lankans only can be interpreted to mean that Lanka cannot count on blind backing from India at the UNHRC, where it is expected to come under intense scrutiny.

India has a crucial role to play in the UPR because it is one of the three countries charged with the responsibility of overseeing the proceedings, the other two being  Spain and Benin.

The Sri Lankan top brass and the Lankan media are under the mistaken impression that India voted against Lanka at the 19th session of the UNHRC because it had become a victim of TN politics and not because it had any grievance against Lanka. The other explanation was that India got annoyed when the leader of the Lankan delegation, Mahinda Samarasinghe,  prematurely declared that India had assured support to Lanka.

Sri Lankans were not aware that New Delhi itself had grievances against the Lankan government and that the negative Indian vote was but an expression of its displeasure with Colombo.

In 2009, the Lankan government had explicitly promised to effectively implement the devolution package contained in the 13th amendment of Lanka’s own constitution. But it was not kept.

 
 

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-110+67 # saman 2012-07-02 11:41
what ever we do you are always against your nabour countries.
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-114+86 # Kondebandapucheena 2012-07-02 11:50
What about HR on Kashmir and other states
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-54+118 # ravi 2012-07-02 11:51
Good move keep it up until SL full fill as promised in 2009 still if they dont do it what will be the nex move and when.
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-87+57 # Javi 2012-07-02 11:52
India! You never achieve your expectation
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-53+138 # idiot 2012-07-02 11:52
Well well. Sri Lanka seems to now understand that they cannot continue fo keep fooling India with just promises.
What India says is what most most democratic countries say to SL. When will SL learn?
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-72+43 # Jacoob 2012-07-02 11:56
Fair enough but who cares .. we have new found new world order through which we intend to change everything !!
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-102+59 # Gunawardena 2012-07-02 12:00
What a Joke first look at your own human rights in your own country.
If things dont go your way you riot like animals.

First practice what your preach
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-61+35 # Senna 2012-07-02 16:23
Goodc Answer. They are just bluffing. They want to please TN politicians
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-26+80 # Kautilya 2012-07-02 12:09
Mr. Menon you have made it very clear. Now the goal post have been fixed.
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-29+95 # Merat 2012-07-02 12:11
That is correct, Bring on International pressure on anyone who violates basic human rights and media freedom leading to despotic regimes.
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-17+86 # CHANDRAPALA 2012-07-02 12:16
If government ignore the request made by India's National Security Adviser country will face many problems. We need patriotism but we have to act mindfully.
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-78+44 # Jan Chandra 2012-07-02 12:18
Please do not trust the Indians
Jan
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-71+42 # Manike 2012-07-02 12:19
Menon has come to Sri Lanka for couple of hours to scare and black mail Sri Lanka.
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-35+70 # RAJU 2012-07-02 12:21
GOOD MOVE KEEP IT UP THE WORDS.
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-11+52 # Nodrog 2012-07-02 12:28
An unveiled threat to tow the line or else.....
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-39+30 # Colombo 2012-07-02 13:04
Mr Menon

Your actions are outdated Be pro active like what india did against Goa
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-7+47 # pee da mossa 2012-07-02 15:50
Well, India does standing what US does seated.
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-4+35 # Andare 2012-07-02 15:57
2009 statement reminds me of the sinhala statement "kiyanakota ehemai , karanakota mehemai"
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-14+44 # V.I.S.Jayapalan poet 2012-07-02 21:03
Thanks Menon, Tanks India, Tamils will cooperate with good minded Sinhalese India and International community to bring meaningful peace with justice and equality in Sri Lanka.
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-0+8 # raj 2012-07-02 23:11
menon has laid foundation for what happened during the war. UN should interview him to find out what happened behind the scene during the war between India dnd Sri Lanka.
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-2+8 # haran 2012-07-03 03:40
do not forget that the sl government won the war with the full support of india otherwise imagine what would have happned
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-5+3 # Kalu Appuhamy 2012-07-03 15:23
do not forget the fact that they trained the terrorist in their own counrty.i
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