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* India examining the UN resolution on Sri Lanka
Fri, Mar 7, 2014, 10:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 07, Colombo: India said today that it has just received the United States-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka and it is currently being examined by the Indian officials in Geneva.

Responding to query on the resolution against Sri Lanka the Official Spokesperson at India's External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said at the media briefing today that there was no "substantive discussion" on the resolution during the meeting between the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Nay Pyi Taw on March 04.

"However, we agreed that we will be in regular touch because we have Missions in Geneva and they will be in regular touch on this," he added.

Regarding India's approach to the resolution tabled by the US, UK, Mauritius and Macedonia at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on March 04, the Spokesperson said it is an "evolving situation" and the India will consider all aspects of the matter before a decision is made.

"As regards our approach to that, this is only something that we have received just now. Our officials are right today examining this matter and we will take into account all aspects of the matter before we take a view on this," Akbaruddin said.

"But as you are aware, this is an evolving situation and there are continuing discussions going on in Geneva and we will take it from there," he remarked.

India, facing elections next month and under immense pressure to bow to Tamil sentiments in the state of Tamil Nadu, is expected to vote against Sri Lanka this year also, as it did on the two previous UN resolutions in 2011 and 2012.

Addressing the fishermen issue, the Spokesperson said the two leaders discussed the fishermen issue when they met in Myanmar and the Indian Prime Minister emphasized that this is a matter that needs to be treated as livelihood issue and needs to be dealt with in a humane manner.

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