I think India did a good job by supporting the UN resolution. SL govt needed some punches for the war crimes they committed. On the other hand we also have to see China doesn't get any more space. Good diplomacy by GoI.
Sri Lanka : Indian PM offers olive branch to Sri Lanka President over the UN resolution
Mar 24, New Delhi: In a gesture of peace and friendship with its closest neighbor, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today explaining India's decision to support the United States-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.
Replying to a letter addressed to him by the Sri Lankan President on March 19 over the resolution, The Indian PM said he had instructed the Indian delegation to remain in close contact with its Sri Lanka counterparts in an attempt to find a positive way forward.
Recalling that the government and the people of India have stood firmly by Sri Lanka in its struggle against terrorism, the PM said in his letter to Rajapaksa that India made every effort to ensure the resolution is balanced and was successful "in introducing an element of balance in the language of the resolution,".
To the dismay of Sri Lanka, India, its closest ally in the region sided with the West and voted against Sri Lanka for the resolution. However, India forced the US to amend its resolution to safeguard Sri Lanka from the international intrusions by adding a clause that said the UNHCR can provide advice and technical assistance "in consultation with, and with the concurrence of, the Government of Sri Lanka" to implement the measures called upon in the resolution.
The Sri Lankan government downplayed India's support to the resolution saying that India gave in to the pressures from the coalition partners and took the measure to protect the power of their own government from the coalition politics.
The Indian Premier said he was happy to learn Sri Lanka's intention to continue the process of implementing the recommendations of the LLRC as called upon by the resolution.
Prime Minister Singh noted that India is of the belief that a meaningful devolution package, building upon the 13th Amendment, would lead towards a lasting political solution and reiterated India's continued commitment and assistance in achieving the objective.
India tried its best to balance UN resolution: PM to SL - Hindustan Times
Seeking to mollify Sri Lanka after the vote against it in UNHCR, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday wrote to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, telling him that India made all efforts and succeeded in introducing an "element of balance" in the US-sponsored resolution.
India instrumental in toning down resolution against SL
time, Singh underlined the need for achieving a lasting political settlement that will address the grievances of minority Tamils.
"I had instructed our delegation to remain in close contact with its Sri Lanka counterparts in an attempt to find a positive way forward. Your Excellency would be aware that we spared no effort and were successful in introducing an element of balance in the language of the resolution," Singh said.
He was referring to India voting against Sri Lanka at the UNHCR in Geneva when it supported the resolution against alleged human rights violations during the civil war. Though India voted in favour of the resolution, it worked behind the scenes to tweak the document to make it "non-intrusive".
Singh's letter comes against the backdrop of Sri Lanka's displeasure over India voting against it at the UN and crticisim from various sections that "domestic compulsions" in had forced the country to vote against it.
In the letter, which suggests that Rajapaksa had written to him three days before the vote, Singh noted that both countries had discussed the way ahead to a political solution that will address all outstanding issues, in particular the grievances of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, in a spirit of understanding and mutual accommodation.
"It is our conviction that a meaningful devolution package, building upon the 13th Amendment, would lead towards a lasting political settlement on many of these issues and create conditions in which all citizens of Sri Lanka, irrespective of their ethnicity, can find justice, dignity, equality and self-respect," Singh said.
Singh told Rajapaksa that he was happy to learn about his intention to continue the process of implementing the recommendations of the LLRC.
He said the two governments have, over the last three years, engaged intensively in the immediate tasks of relief and rehabilitation for those displaced by the conflict, as well as the more long-term effort of reconstruction of national infrastructure.
"Much important progress has been registered on this front and I wish to record my appreciation of the assistance your Government has provided to various Indian agencies implementing projects of national significance on the ground in Sri Lanka," he said.
The Prime Minister also assured Rajapaksa that India will continue its engagement with the shared objective of building a stable, secure and prosperous environment in Sri Lanka in which all communities can flourish and in which India-Sri Lanka relations can continue to grow from strength to strength.