The selection of Puri appears to signal India's desire to appoint someone with whom we can productively work, so that our relationship at the UN more accurately reflects our new bilateral partnership, writes Peter Burleigh »
India informed that New Delhi supports the Norwegian facilitators and places great importance on the maintenance of the ceasefire agreement, but can not play a more active role until there is a Sinhalese consensus.
While neither GOI nor EU interlocutors have expectations of big deliverables out of the summit, the two sides will deliver two declarations: one highlighting progress made in the India-EU Joint Action Plan, another on climate change. »
MEA Additional Secretary K.C. Singh maintained that while the GOI ""has no problems"" with many of the U.S.-backed reform provisions, the GOI is concerned about not diluting the prerogatives of the General Assembly. »
The GOI does not, however, wish for a facilitation or mediation role in the conflict, nor does it want to join the Sri Lankan Co-Chairs Group, but it feels pressure from Sri Lankan political parties to look for other ways to make its presence felt. »
Although agendas include everything from human rights to climate change, Foreign Minister Amado's Asia and Africa Advisor noted the events are more about ""political dialogue"" rather than substantive progress.
During a May 19 lunch with US-UN Deputy PermRep Wolff, Indian Deputy PermRep Ajai Malhotra reported that he had been sent to New York with instructions from Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran to cooperate with the USG on the broad range of issues facing both countries at the UN. »