The Narendra Modi government will not support a UN probe into alleged human rights violations by Sri Lankan forces against Tamils, New Delhi has told Colombo.
When the UPA government had adopted the same position, sections within the BJP had criticised it.
Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj today told her Sri Lankan counterpart G.L. Peiris that the Modi government would uphold the objections to a UN probe that India had articulated in April while abstaining from a vote against Colombo.
“We feel that international bodies need to address human rights concerns in a cooperative manner with the countries concerned, and not in a punitive manner,” foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.
Peiris had arrived in Hyderabad yesterday for talks with chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on a $1bn garment-manufacturing town set up by a Lankan firm near Visakhapatnam. He today reached Delhi for his first direct talks with Sushma after she became foreign minister.
Sushma’s message to Peiris is significant because the BJP had, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, criticised the UPA government for what it dubbed a soft foreign policy attitude towards Colombo.
Modi, in his campaign speeches in Tamil Nadu, had questioned how the UPA government had allowed a small nation like Sri Lanka to “look India in the eye” by repeatedly arresting Indian fishermen off its coast.
When India abstained from the UN vote against Sri Lanka in April, the Tamil Nadu BJP accused the Congress-led central government of ignoring the concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils.
India was uncomfortable with the UN vote because it advocated an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes by Lankan forces -– a mandate that New Delhi fears could be used against it on Kashmir.
But today, Sushma “thanked” Peiris for the “fast track” release of Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka — not just since the Modi government was sworn in but throughout 2014, including the months when the BJP was accusing the Congress of being soft on Colombo.
Since January, 804 Indian fishermen have been released from Lankan jails, including 249 since the May 26 swearing-in, the foreign ministry said. (The Telegraph)
Give 13+. This is this is the message???? Very simple. Who is good
flatwhite Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:22 AM
Atlast India have realised to support SL if not they will have tamil nadu asking for a ealaam state which they lost in sri lanka for good
chennaiguy Sunday, 13 July 2014 10:30 PM
To everyone who thinks india is going to get divided ive got just this to say dream on
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Renu Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:00 PM
Is it another great Lie (GL)
Nair Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:26 PM
What would be the position Tamil Nadu CM and opposition would assume on this latest development. There are many reasons India not to support the probe, yet all remember Modi criticized this very issue when UPA announced it would not support. It is Modi's political game. TN people got fooled by him and amma.Unfortunate
Roshan Monday, 14 July 2014 05:40 AM
Definitely they will not support, because they (India) is doing the same thing in Kashmir.
jacoob Monday, 14 July 2014 05:44 AM
[quote name="Ammaa"]Give 13+. This is this is the message???? Very simple. Who is good[/quote] Amme, 13+ and UN are two seperate issue .. come on high time wake up !!
jacoob Monday, 14 July 2014 05:45 AM
yeah you have waken up .. keep the good vigil !!!
yajiv Saturday, 12 July 2014 03:24 PM
Yes..no point digging the past,look forward for a better tomorrow.
jamalji Saturday, 12 July 2014 03:28 PM
Days are not far away for the cessation of Tamil Nadu from Indian Centre. Sri Lanka will never divide but India will.
ase Saturday, 12 July 2014 05:30 AM
how can they ?? they want 13+
Diplomut Saturday, 12 July 2014 11:01 AM
Good news. Hope India does not change this decision after Modis visit to USA in September. via DM iPad app
TJ Saturday, 12 July 2014 06:09 AM
They are scared that they too could be one day investigated for crimes that they are continuing to commit against minorities & the IPKF murders in 1987-1992.
jacoob Saturday, 12 July 2014 06:17 AM
Well done Modi,, pl be firm on the issues !!
Thanka Saturday, 12 July 2014 06:50 AM
This we call pinching the baby and the rocking the cradle !
Nodrog Saturday, 12 July 2014 06:54 AM
And also worried the Kashmir issues will be probed
Grace Saturday, 12 July 2014 08:13 AM
Any party which comes to power India, will not support UN probe on Sri Lanka because they know it will backfire.
Ammaa Saturday, 12 July 2014 08:52 AM
Now no 13 or 13+ be like slaves or fight to die
Don Don Saturday, 12 July 2014 08:54 AM
Slap on the face of LTTE lobbies, who supported BJP to win Eelam.
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