India defends abstention on Lanka UN resolution

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Union Minister Sudarshana Natchiappan has offered his justification of the abstention on the recent UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka, saying the approach is aimed at halting China from attempting to get more foot hold in the island nation.

“Today, only India is involved in the resettlement and rehabilitation of Tamils in the war-torn North and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. If India had voted against Sri Lanka, it would have provided an opportunity to China, which is involved in infrastructure development in the country, to step into Tamil areas,” said Mr. Natchiappan. He has also said that the tamil political parties are getting influenced by the Tamils in Lanka who are still propagating the LTTE philosophy.

Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh has also spoke on the issue and said that the approach will help India in influencing Lanka with regard to providing better conditions and rights to the Tamils there. “We believe our decision to abstain from the U.N. resolution will strengthen our hand in achieving our objective vis-à-vis the Tamil community in Sri Lanka,” she said.

The US sponsored resolution was adopted by the UNHRC for independent international monitoring of the situation in Lanka. Sri Lanka is not opposing the monitoring entirely, instead, it is asking for the examination of the entire period of internal war.

India supported earlier resolutions of UN to pressurize the conflict ridden island nation to provide better amenities to the minority Tamil population, but this time, it abstained from the resolution as the new proposal undermines the sovereign authority of the elected government of the country.

Union Finance Minister Chidambaram had recently said that he personally feels that India should have voted against Lanka during the UN resolution.

Medaram Jathara

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