The government is weighing the pros and cons of Manmohan Singh travelling to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) summit, and a final decision is some time away.
“We are taking into consideration all aspects — our national interest, our foreign policy priorities and our international obligation. This process has not yet reached its culmination,” Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson of the external affairs ministry said.
The summit is in Colombo from November 15 to 17. These comments come a day after the Congress core committee met to discuss the strategy to be adopted on the contentious issue. Besides domestic compulsions like DMK and AIDMK, even Congress party in Tamil Nadu is not favouring Singh travelling to Lanka. The government is also worried about the proposed move that involves police and land powers being taken away from the provincial councils.
The Tamil Nadu assembly had unanimously passed a resolution demanding that India “completely” boycott the meeting and seek temporary suspension of the island from Commonwealth. Meanwhile, Lanka has stated that India will be isolated if it skips the event.
Sri Lankan high commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam said, “Human rights violation takes place everywhere. We have our share and are making efforts to correct them. All governments in the Commonwealth had unanimously decided the summit will be held in Sri Lanka. Those who do not participate will be isolated,” he said.