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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

India ready to push for stronger UN resolution

HT CorrespondenT, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 20, 2013
First Published: 23:54 IST(20/3/2013) | Last Updated: 23:55 IST(20/3/2013)

Driven mostly by domestic political compulsions, New Delhi will be pushing for amendments to ensure UN-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka sends a “resolute message” to the island nation.

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The Indian amendments will “reflect the views of the political parties” and its New Delhi’s concerns for the Tamil minority population and their plight, government sources said. 

As he indicated, finance minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday also rubbished as absolute “canard” media reports that India was working to dilute the strongly-worded resolution by the US.

“India’s position has always been and remains that the UNHRC should adopt a strong resolution that would send a resolute message to Sri Lanka and goad Sri Lanka to accept an independent and credible investigation,” finance minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

He said the government had begun the process of formulating amendments to the draft resolution before the UNHRC.

The issue was discussed at a meeting held by PM Manmohan Singh with Chidambaram, foreign minister Salman Khurshid, NSA Shiv Shankar Menon, foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai and India’s permanent representative at UN in Geneva Dilip Sinha.

Chidambaram also referred to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s statement at the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting on Tuesday calling for strict action.

“We are anguished by reports of unspeakable atrocities on innocent civilians and children, especially during the last days of the conflict in 2009”, Gandhi had said.


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