Hindu says UN resolution was tweaked by India in favour of Sri Lanka
Posted on March 23rd, 2012

By Walter Jayawardhana

 The United Nations Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka was not passed in its original form but tweaked by India so that the wording to say that the implementation of its assistance that the UN Commissioner will provide must be with the concurrence of Sri Lanka said the Hindu newspaper in its editorial March 23.

 Yet the newspaper warned, Colombo must not misread the concession and the passage of the resolution and the world will not be guided by Sri Lanka’s claims that it will carry out its own probes into the violations.

 Reminding about the island nation’s own  “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliations Commission” recommendations the Hindu said President Rajapaksa may not like the Geneva Convention but he has brought it upon himself.

 The newspaper believed to be reflecting the view of New Delhi was also making assurances that the voting does not mean a change of the policy that India stands for the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka.

 The following is the full text of the editorial: “The passage of the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka is proof that the international community disapproves of the manner in which the Rajapaksa government is addressing the fallout of its Armageddon moment of mid-May 2009. The resolution, backed by India, asks Sri Lanka credibly to investigate allegations of rights violations in the course of its war against the LTTE. The wording of the resolution was tweaked by India to say the implementation assistance the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights will provide must be with Sri Lanka’s “concurrence”. Yet, Colombo must not misread this concession. Thursday’s resolution is the first real sign that the world will no more let itself be guided solely by Sri Lankan claims that it has the will to carry out its own probe. It also means that gentle prodding and quiet diplomacy will not be the main means the world will adopt towards the island nation. Few would dispute that Sri Lanka took too long to acknowledge the allegations of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances and delayed moves towards a political settlement indefinitely. Ultimately, its own “ƒ”¹…”Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’ came out with some constructive recommendations, but these have not been followed up. President Rajapaksa may not like the Geneva resolution but he has brought it upon himself.

“India’s vote has already aroused consternation in some sections in Colombo but it is crucial that its intentions not be misread. There is no change in the Indian defence of the unity and integrity of its southern neighbour, only a realisation that the tardy progress towards reconciliation could undermine the prospects for peace and stability there. For the first time in decades, New Delhi is in concord with popular sentiments in Tamil Nadu but it would be wrong to look at its Geneva vote as merely the product of domestic political pressure. Over time, the false assurances on devolution and implementation of “the 13th amendment and beyond” it received from Colombo have frustrated South Block and forced it to reconsider its diplomatic options. What is welcome in India’s latest stand is that it has outgrown its misplaced fear of the growing regional presence of China. Having voted for the resolution, the onus is now on India to remain engaged with the Lankan authorities, as its interests lie in promoting reconciliation and supporting the quest of Tamil Sri Lankans for justice, equality and dignity. The solution has to be Lankan-led. Persistent emphasis on accountability from outside may jeopardise the larger goal of reconciliation by giving a fresh thrust to Sinhala nationalism. India needs to brace for extraordinary diplomatic channels.”

3 Responses to “Hindu says UN resolution was tweaked by India in favour of Sri Lanka”

  1. Kit Athul Says:

    To begin with HINDU is a religious eccentric news paper for the HINDU nationalists. Now they are realising the back lash form the vote is propergating from the grass roots to the top. Now, what HINDU is doing is damage control. To day the average SINHALA knows that Tamil Nadu Tamils were their enemy since KING DUTUGAMUNU, who did he go to war with; Tamil Nadu Tamils. “Giving a freash thrust to SINHALA nationalism” Sinhala nationalism started in May 19th 2009 and now it is in full swing. I hope Hindu editirial clowns are reading the Lankaweb? “13th amendment and beyond” means that when India disintegrates in 2019, for the Sri Lankan Army to capture the southern coast of Tamil Nadu using the Tamils in Northern province, like King Parkramabahu did. Who started the MAY 17th movement? The HINDU news paper ownres. They want to burn the Sri Lanka Constitution. If some Tamil does try to do it in Sri Lanka, do you think he is going to live to tell the story?

  2. mjaya Says:

    India backstabbed Sri Lanka. The dirty deed has been done and no matter what, it will NEVER BE ERASED!


  3. stanley perera Says:

    When SARC country votes against another SARC country what is the futue of the SARC? Shame India Shame.Unreliable India. Untrustworthy India. India goes against its immediate neighbour. Sri Lanka is not surprised when India created Tamil Terrorist LTTE to go against India. The root cause for the currant situation is Made in India Tamil Terrorists. India must pay compensation. Instead bloody India votes against Sri Lanka. America only wanted to pass any damn thing against Sri Lanka like what they did to Libya. Now that they got something against Sri Lanka Americans will manipulate it to suit them. Rajapakse’s are blind with power. MR has forgotten the country. Already Navi Pillai woman is warning SL against repraisal and Hillary woman is calling GL to explain.This only the begining. This is the curse for the MR government for forgetting the country that put him in power.Now or never. 13A must go now and not later. All the DC’s must go now and not later. GoSL must remember this is the demand of the 78% of the population. If MR did not act now don’t ask for the support later. Dangerous situation is at hand. Then China, Russia and Pakistan won’t come to your rescue.Libyan affair to be repeated in SL. If GoSL did not act now to win the masses they will join the arsces.

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