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* India to support US resolution against Sri Lanka
Mon, Feb 25, 2013, 12:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 25, Colombo: India will vote in support of a resolution sponsored by the United States against Sri Lanka at the upcoming 22nd session of the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) that is scheduled to commence Monday in Geneva, Indian media reports said.

A Union minister has told media that the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised to support the US resolution against Sri Lanka as India did last year when the US presented a resolution at the 19th session of the UNHRC against Sri Lanka on war crimes and human rights violations.

Prime Minister Singh has given his assurance to a group of parliamentarians from Tamil Nadu when they called on the PM recently to ask him to support the US resolution, Union minister in the Prime Minister's Office ( PMO) V. Narayansamy has said on Sunday.

"We called on the Prime Minister and insisted that he support the resolution against Sri Lanka on war crimes. He promised to do so," Narayanasamy has been quoted in the media as saying.

The Union Minister has said that the pictures released of slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran's son, Balachandran by the British TV Channel 4, had ignited the uproar against Sri Lanka in Tamil Nadu again.

India, pressured by the Tamil political parties in Tamil Nadu, mainly by DMK which threatened to pull out of the central government if not voted against Sri Lanka, voted in Support of the US resolution brought against Sri Lanka at the 19th session of the UNHRC in March 2012.

The US has expressed its dissatisfaction with the pace of the Sri Lankan government's progress in implementing the reconciliation measures and investigating the alleged humanitarian law violations and therefore has decided to sponsor another resolution.

The new resolution to be presented by the US to the UNHRC next month will force the Sri Lankan government to provide unfettered access to international human rights bodies and special rapporteurs to visit the country to probe alleged crimes against international humanitarian laws.

The resolution encourages the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to provide advice and technical assistance in consultation with Sri Lankan government on implementing the measures recommended by the LLRC.

The Sri Lankan government has however stressed that it has achieved considerable progress in implementing the recommendations made by the LLRC and ready to defend its record in response to the new resolution.

The government has sent a high-powered delegation headed by the President's Special Human Rights Envoy, Plantation Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe to Geneva to defend the country's interests.

The UK, Canada and the European Union have already expressed their support for the US resolution.



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