Answering a question on March 07, 2014 on India’s stand on the UN Human Rights Commission issue on Sri Lanka Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said, “officials are examining this matter.”
Question:Yesterday Sri Lankan Minister was in Delhi. What is the process for UN Human Rights Commission stand from India? More importantly, the first meeting was held between the fishermen communities and the next meeting is going to be held on March 16. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankans have very clearly said that the fishermen will not be released. Is there any process that has been taken by the External Affairs Ministry?
Official Spokesperson: You are aware that there was a recent meeting between Prime Minister and President Rajapaksa in Nay Pyi Taw, and this issue of fishermen did come up. Prime Minister did emphasise that this is a matter that needs to be treated as livelihood issue and needs to be dealt with in a humane manner.
As regards the UNHCR resolution, there was no substantive discussion in that meeting on this matter. However, we agreed that we will be in regular touch because we have Missions in Geneva and they will be in regular touch on this.
As regards our approach to that, this is only something that we have received just now. Our officials are right today examining this matter and we will take into account all aspects of the matter before we take a view on this. But as you are aware, this is an evolving situation and there are continuing discussions going on in Geneva and we will take it from there