The Centre would consider both the situation prevailing in Sri Lanka and the overall relationship between India and its island neighbour while formulating India's stand on the U.S.-backed resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said here on Thursday. The Centre would take into account the overall relationship between India and Sri Lanka while deciding whether or not to back the resolution when it came up for consideration at the ongoing UNHRC session in Geneva, Mr. Krishna said.

Talking to reporters at the Chennai airport, Mr Krishna said the situation prevailing in the country also had to be taken into consideration. “We will take every factor into consideration before we take a final stand on this issue.”

On Ms. Jayalalithaa's letter to Prime Minister Manmohan demanding that visits by Sri Lankan VIPs to Tamil Nadu should be intimated to the State government, he said: “We are a federal State, we have the greatest respect for States…”