Indian envoy to Geneva called for consultations

india flag      India on Monday(18) asked its envoy in Geneva to return for consultations on the US resolution on Sri Lanka.The issue has gained urgency with political parties and activists in Tamil Nadu urging the government to back the resolution — like last year — and even amend it. The resolution is expected to come up for voting at the 47-memberUNHRC session in Geneva March 21.

The foreign ministry spokesman said the resolution “in the final form will be available late this evening, Geneva time”.

“We will have consultations on the matter, and he (Indian envoy to Geneva) will be able to brief senior officials on the ground level realities in Geneva and the latest position,” he added.

Asked what position India was likely to take on the resolution, the spokesperson said a call would be taken after the final text was available and the arrival of the ambassador from Geneva.

Sentiments are running high against Sri Lanka in Tamil Nadu, where large numbers of students have taken to the streets denouncing the death of Tamil civilians in the war against the Tamil Tigers.

With the DMK, which has 18 MPs, threatening to end its support to the United Progressive Alliance if India remained soft vis-a-vis Sri Lanka, the government sent three senior ministers to Chennai to meet Karunanidhi.

Parliamentary affairs ministerKamal Nath said home minister P Chidambaram, Defence minister AK Antony and Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad met Karunanidhi in Chennai.

Chief minister Jayalalithaa also demanded that India take a “strong stand” against Sri Lanka at Geneva and she urged Manmohan Singh that India should move an independent resolution to strengthen the earlier US resolution.

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