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By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera

The government today told Parliament that India never supported claims by some foreign nations for an international tribunal against Sri Lanka at this hour, describing it as a morale booster for Lanka.

External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris was responding to a question raised by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake on the May 16 joint statement issued after ministerial level talks between the two countries.

Prof. Peiris said there was no element of truth in the allegations made by Mr. Dissanayake that India had exerted undue pressure on Sri Lanka.

The Minister, while referring to the joint statement and Mr. Dissanayake’s statement point by point, said the government of Sri Lanka only took the diplomatic initiative to brief Indian leaders on the controversial report by the UN Advisory Panel.

“We never wanted India to issue a statement condemning this report. We have already rejected this statement. If we ask other foreign nations to condemn it more and more, it will amount to undue recognition for the report which has no connection with the UN whatsoever. It is a report by a panel appointed by the UN Secretary General,” he said.

He said, “Some foreign nations asked for an international tribunal against Sri Lanka. But, India never supported it. It is a reason for satisfaction. During my visit to India, I also had talks with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. I never wanted him to issue a statement condemning this report.”
Also, he said Sri Lanka had India’s support whenever the needs arose.

“We want to solicit its support as and when necessary. This issue against Sri Lanka is being discussed in New York and at the UN Human Rights Council,” he said.

Commenting on his visit to Indonesia to participate in the meeting of the Non Aligned Movement, he said he interacted with representatives of 22 countries, and all of them were briefed about this report.

‘We did not ask any of them to issue statements condemning this report. That is not our intention.

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  • dpl Tuesday, 07 June 2011 02:44 PM

    then srilanka says to YES to india.. why now NO. it is a childran game. face the reality.

    Concerned Tuesday, 07 June 2011 03:34 PM

    OK, if so its good. But please get India to say it without you becoming the Mahabharata mouthpiece.

    zorro Wednesday, 08 June 2011 02:45 PM

    i remember reading statements from minister and mr having diplomatic efforts to disqualify the panel report!

    Fayad Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:55 AM

    We should not change our constitution to suit India
    India should not try to unstable our hard earn peace

    Bumba Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:56 AM

    Then what was the purpose of the visit and what was discussed. Was it just a cordial visit say hello to the Indians!

    Fayad Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:56 AM

    India don't try US style in Asia

    kalum Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:54 AM

    please left somrthing for our next generation.dont finish all.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:19 AM

    Professor does not know whether he is going or coming. Poor man.

    Paul Tuesday, 07 June 2011 12:12 PM

    Yes Minister,not yet.But Indians are in the process of doing that.They are going to complete it when the high officer delegation visits Sri Lanka next week.We have to say YES. What else?

    nishan Tuesday, 07 June 2011 12:47 PM

    Mr.Loss Dial,Waite and see India's policy to support western world


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