The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), a government ally, has called for a change in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy with India after the Indians voted against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Government minister and leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Champika Ranawaka said that the Sri Lankan government should look at strengthening economic policies with South American, African, and East Asian countries.
He also said that Sri Lanka should completely severe trading and tourism ties with Tamil Nadu in South India.
“By acting against Sri Lanka, India including Tamil Nadu will end up learning a harsh lesson. Sri Lanka should focus on a non Indian centric foreign policy,” he said.
Sri Lanka and India enjoy strong diplomatic ties with the Sri Lankan government often keeping the Indian government updated on virtually every decision taken during and after the war against the LTTE.
Meanwhile in the Indian parliament the DMK and AIADMK MPs were protesting against the government for “not making efforts” for a stronger resolution against Sri Lanka over the ethnic Tamils issue at the UNHRC yesterday.
An NDTV report said that in the morning, as Chairman Hamid Ansari walked in, AIADMK Members, led by their leader V Maitreyan, rushed to the well and knelt down holding posters of slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s son, allegedly killed by the Sri Lankan army. They continued holding up posters and disrupting the house even as the Chairman tried to get some business done. The house was adjourned shortly after noon.
When the Rajya Sabha resumed, Congress MP Renuka Choudhary was presiding over proceedings in the upper house. DMK MPs continued shouting slogans and disrupted Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid from making a statement.
They also interrupted other members of the house from speaking. When Choudhary objected to the disruptions and called for order in the house, some MPs rushed to the dais the damaged the speaker’s mike. The house was adjourned for the day and will next meet on April 22. (Colombo Gazette)