Even as the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) took up for discussion a U.S.-sponsored resolution on issues related to Sri Lanka, New Delhi on Wednesday said Colombo would have to fix accountability for the alleged violation of human rights and torture of Tamils and ensure a sustainable settlement of issues concerning them. “There is no future [in Sri Lanka] unless there is reconciliation, there is no future unless there is accountability,” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.
Replying to a calling attention motion on the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka, he said in the Rajya Sabha that India was yet to make up its mind on the resolution.
The Minister expressed concern at the alleged brutal killing of LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s 12-year-old son Balachandran even as DMK and AIADMK sought an independent probe into it by an international agency.
Mr. Khurshid, however, said India cannot adjudicate about the truth behind the “very moving, very tragic, very sad” incident.
On some MPs’ demand, particularly of those of the DMK and AIADMK, that India should vote against Sri Lanka at the U.N., Mr. Khurshid said: “What point we make in the U.N. can’t be foreclosed today. If Sri Lanka is able to show there is movement forward, there will be one conclusion; if Sri Lanka is not able to show there is movement forward, there will be another conclusion.”