India will send ‘resolute message’ on Sri Lanka

chidambaram         The Indian government Wednesday said it will move amendments to the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC by sending a “resolute message” and denied New Delhi diluted the US-sponsored motion denouncing Sri Lanka over alleged rights abuses.

“As far as the government is concerned, our position is that we intend to move amendments to the draft resolution before the UNHRC,” Finance Minister P.Chidambaram told a packed press conference.

Chidambaram said India’s position was that the UNHRC should adopt a strong resolution to send a “resolute message” on Colombo’s human rights violations and to make Sri Lanka accept an independent and credible investigation into charges of “war crimes”.

Chidambaram also denied that New Delhi had diluted the US-sponsored resolution condemning Sri Lanka over alleged rights’ abuses at the UNHRC in Geneva.

“This is a canard. The (media) story is stoutly denied,” he said.

“India’s position has always been – and remains – that the UNHRC should adopt a strong resolution that would send a resolute message to Sri Lanka and goad Sri Lanka to accept an independent and credible investigation,” a statement that was also read out by Chidambaram said.

The statement said Dilip Sinha, India’s Permanent Representative to the UNHRC, was in New Delhi for consultations and met the prime minister. An all-party meet on the issue is scheduled in the evening.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the government had to be sensitive to the feelings of the people of a state.

“We are not a lame duck government. The government is neither lame nor is it a duck. We are absolutely stable. No political party has come out to challenge our majority,” Kamal Nath said.

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