Engage U.S. on rights issue,Salman Khurshid to G.L. Peiris

Salman Khurshid    Against  demands by Tamil parties that India should vote against Sri Lanka at the UN on human rights issue, the Indian government remained evasive on the stand it will take.

With a resolution set to be moved on Sri Lankan Tamils at the UN, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said he has asked his Lankan counterpart G.L. Peiris to work with the US and report progress if any made on the issue to arrive at a draft which is “acceptable to everybody”, and that it asked Sri Lanka to treat it as a humanitarian issue rather than “a matter of ego”.

He said that the “Government will take a stand. As of now I have told my colleague Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka to engage the US. If you have moved forward (on human rights issue), you should bring that to the knowledge of the US to arrive at a consensual draft which is acceptable to everybody,” Mr. Khurshid told reporters outside Parliament.

“It is a humanitarian issue. It is not an issue on which anybody should stand on ceremony or ego. If it is possible, speak to them directly and find a suitable and acceptable draft,” he said.


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