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* India abstain from voting for UN resolution on Sri Lanka
Thu, Mar 27, 2014, 06:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 27, Geneva: India has decided to abstain from voting for the resolution against Sri Lanka reasoning that the third resolution presented by the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Council can do more harm than good.

Explaining its vote India said the resolution HRC25 has the potential to hinder the efforts of Sri Lanka rather than contribute constructively to its efforts in reconciliation and therefore decided to abstain from voting.

India said the Council's efforts should contribute to a State's own efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights and India is strongly supportive of Sri Lanka's engagement with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

India acknowledged that there were some notable developments in Sri Lanka during the past year, especially holding of the elections to the Northern Provincial Council and the implementation of some of the LLRC recommendations and called on the government for timely implementation of other recommendations including the reduction of high security zones, demilitarization and investigating disappearances.

India said in asking the OHCHR to investigate, assess and monitor the human right situation in Sri Lanka, the resolution ignores the progress Sri Lanka made and jeopardizes the cooperation Sri Lanka has with the OHCHR and the UNHRC's special procedures.

"It has been India's firm belief that adopting an intrusive approach that undermines national sovereignty and institutions is counterproductive," India said.

India encouraged the High Commissioner to continue to provide technical assistance in accordance with the previous resolutions.

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