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Govt will study draft of resolution against Sri Lanka: Krishna

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CPI(M) activists protest near the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai recently. Photo:S.R. Raghunathan
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CPI(M) activists protest near the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai recently. Photo:S.R. Raghunathan

With Dravidian parties mounting pressure on Centre to support a resolution in UNHRC against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said the government will study the draft of the resolution and consult Tamil MPs before taking a call.

“The minister is concerned over human rights. Once draft of the resolution is made, India will study it and consult MPs and take a call,” official sources said.

“Krishna is giving importance to views of MPs from Tamil Nadu,” they said.

Parties in Tamil Nadu want the government to support the resolution.

AIADMK and DMK had disrupted proceedings in Parliament last week to press their demand for supporting U.S.-sponsored resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) based in Geneva.

The resolution against Sri Lanka moved by the U.S., France, and Norway is scheduled to be taken up on March 23 in the UNHRC meeting.

UPA’s key constituent DMK has also called a high-level committee meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue. The agenda at the meeting would be “India supporting the resolution on Sri Lankan army’s war crimes against Ealam Tamils.

Leader of the Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee had told the House that “our traditional stand has been that we have never supported any country-specific resolution at the UN Human Rights Council“.

Noting that there were “several facets” involved, government sources had said that India was in touch with several countries, including Sri Lanka, and other interlocutors on the issue.

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As S.M.Krishna is a Kannada, he can never think good to the tamilians and tamil nadu. All the neighbouring states of tamil nadu are always trying to degrade and do bad against the tamilians and tamil nadu and why not india. unless india supports the us resolution, i cannot say that i am indian.

from:  rajkumar
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 13:03 IST

By voting for a resolution on Sri Lanka, India will be making a rod for its own back in two ways: a) America will use it to bargain with India on a lot of issues, and b) it will fuel separatist sentiment in the South.

It will be wise to ignore extremist campaign in the south and think more broadly of India's future integrity and influence in the world by voting against any moves against Sri Lanka and deal with Sri Lanka directly.

from:  Selvakumar
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 12:55 IST

@Arun! What you mentioned is absolutely correct! Congress govt is
responsible for the Genocide of our innocent Tamils. Congrss govt
must be prosecuted in the international court of justice because
they only masterminded the genocide. Ruthless and corrupt leaders!

from:  karithikeyan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 12:52 IST

India should have taken the lead to raise this issue. Instead Krishna will decide only after debate. Congress is trying to fool Tamilians. India could have easily stopped massacre in Srilanka like how france & uk saved Libyans from Gaddafis forces. Tamians are not proud to say I am an Indian.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 12:28 IST

The statement of the External Affairs Minister made on the floor of
Parliament has made India's stand on the issue clear.India could not act
on sentimeents as is the case with dravidan parties.The pity is that the
communists have joined chorus forgetting the fact that the resolution is
sponsored by the United States of America.The communist crying hoarse on
human rights is not understandable if history is any
lesson.concentration camps were the name used by the communists to
eliminate men who went against their political ideology.

from:  Manoharan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 12:21 IST

By letting down the feeling of Tamilians the Government of India has
already lost the faith and goodwill of the Tamil speaking people. This
is the last chance given to them to regain the status.Tamil nadu
congress party should take appropriate steps now otherwise they cannot
face the tamil people in future!

from:  Sundaram
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 12:08 IST

The Central government has to from now on start running on their own
fuel. The powerful fuel provided by yester year Freedom-Fighter-Leaders
have exhausted. If the Ministers expect similar trust and respect
because they too occupy the chairs vacated by Sardar Patel, J L Nehru
and so many other stalwarts they have to do some introspection. In the
matter of honour and respect, both the position and man should
compliment each other.

from:  M.V. Rangaraajan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 11:13 IST

Krishna, why you want to be in touch with Sri Lanka? If I am not wrong the draft has been circulated a week ago and is India still studying that? If Chidambaram wants to gain some respect among the Tamils he should act now or he will be forgotten by TN people.

from:  Venki
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 11:13 IST
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