The United States had rejected seven amendments to the resolution on Sri Lanka which was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today, NDTV in India reported.
According to the channel, the US had told India that it wanted the resolution to have broader support and so could not accommodate the Indian proposals.
India voted in favor of the resolution at the UNHRC despite the failed attempt to have it amended at the last minute.
Meanwhile , expressing ‘surprise’ over India supporting a ‘weak’ and ‘diluted’ US resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC, former UPA ally DMK said New Delhi had by its action “totally disappointed” the entire Tamil diaspora.
DMK parliamentary party leader TR Baalu told PTI that they had wanted India to propose amendments in order to declare that Sri Lanka had committed “genocide, human rights violations and war crimes”.
“We (also) wanted to have amendments for independent, credible, international inquiry into war crimes and human rights violations committed by Sri Lanka. But to our surprise, government of India has simply supported a diluted and a weak resolution,” he said.
India had not even tried to propose any amendments to the US-backed resolution which was adopted by 25-13 margin with eight abstentions, he said.
“Government of India has totally disappointed not only the eight crore tamil population but the entire Tamil diaspora,” Baalu added.
The Indian delegation at the Council said that it believes that the report of the LLRC and its findings and recommendation provides a window of opportunity to forge a consensual way forward towards a lasting political settlement through genuine national reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all its citizens.
India noted with concern the inadequate progress by Sri Lanka in fulfilling its commitment to this Council in 2009. Further, India called n Sri Lanka to move forward on its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority through full implementation of the 13th Amendment and building upon it.
As Sri Lanka’s closest neighbour, India said it remains engaged in a substantial way in the relief, resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction process in that country. Our efforts have contributed to the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons and the rebuilding of infrastructure and development, especially in the Northern and the Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka.
While noting the commitment of Sri Lanka to hold elections to the Northern Provincial Council in September 2013, the Indian delegation said India expects the people of the province to be able to exercise their democratic rights freely and without delay as guaranteed to them by the Sri Lankan Constitution.