To avoid hurting Tamil sentiment ahead of elections, the government has refused to commit Sri Lanka any support against a US-sponsored UN resolution accusing its military of committing war crimes in the final assault on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009.
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris met his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid in New Delhi Wednesday and sought the Manmohan Singh government’s support to ensure that the final resolution does not call for any international probe into alleged human rights violations, officials at the External Affairs Ministry said.
At the same time, New Delhi also wants to keep Colombo as an ally amid the Chinese making inroads into Sri Lanka. DMK had last year severed its ties with the Congress, accusing the government of being soft on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. (Economic Times)