Sri Lanka cautions India

The government warned that India may face repercussions over its decision to vote in favor of a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Government spokesman and acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told a gathering at a public event that some countries or groups may use the vote on Sri Lanka as a precedence to bring a resolution on India over the dispute in Kashmir.

However the minister said Sri Lanka was mindful that the Indian government was forced to vote in support of the resolution as a result of immense pressure from Tamil political parties in southern India.

India was among 24 countries which voted in support of the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday while 15 countries voted against it and eight abstained.

Sri Lanka had earlier expected India to vote against the resolution but the Indian government later said it had to support the resolution in the best interest of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Meanwhile the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) said the passing of the UN resolution on Sri Lanka was crucial first step towards accountability and justice for victims on the island.

GTF also thanked India for having made a significant vote in favour of addressing human rights abuses and the importance that accountability plays in facilitating just peace.

In addition to the lobbying efforts of the Tamil Diaspora, Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Malaysia, many international parliamentarians, media organisations, non-government bodies and some progressive human rights activists from the South of Sri Lanka have all contributed towards the success of this Resolution, GTF said.

GTF also encouraged all Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka to convey to the Tamil population the significance of this passing of the resolution as a constructive move towards accountability and sustainable reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette)