India line on UN resolution tied to poll compulsions - Rajapakse

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  1. HeinzGud

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    India line on UN resolution tied to poll compulsions - President

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa told foreign correspondents on Friday that he understands India’s electoral compulsions in regard to its stand on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

    Asked if he has an inkling of how India may vote, Rajapaksa said: “I don’t know. But we are aware that the Indians are going to face an election a month after the March session. India’s leaders have to think of their future and take into account the mood of electorate. We understand them. Politicians understand each other.”

    However, the dialogue with India, as indeed with all members of the UNHRC, is going on, he added.

    “I will be meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the BIMSTEC summit in Myanmar and External Affairs Minister G L Peiris had spoken to his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid five days ago. We are in constant touch with each other.”

    Against Resolution

    The President said that Lanka is “uncomfortable” with any resolution against it. Foreign Minister Peiris added that in his interactions with UNHRC members, he sensed that they find the annual ritualistic resolution against Lanka to be a “nuisance” and one which is “excessive and forced.”

    TN Manifesto

    Asked to comment on the election manifesto of the All India AIADMK which said that there should be a referendum on the formation of an independent Eelam among Lankan Tamils resident in Lanka and abroad, Rajapaksa retorted: “How could the Tamil Diaspora participate in such an exercise? They are not citizens of Sri Lanka but various other countries! They can only take part in referenda in these countries.”

    Done My Best

    Asked if he is satisfied with the post-war reconciliation process in the face of international criticism that it is inadequate, Rajapaksa said: “We have done our best. We have resettled the displaced people, given them electricity, roads, and schools. We have demined 94 per cent of the war zone. The accusations against us are unfair.”

    “Cabinet approval for the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report was given only in July 2012 and we have had only 19 months to do address the 280 recommendations.,” the President said.

    US’ Hidden Agenda

    Asked why the US is presenting resolution after resolution against Lanka, and whether the US is aiming at a regime change, Rajapaksa said: “There may be a hidden agenda. But I am not worried, so long as I have the support of my people.”

    No to Poaching

    On the Indo-Lankan fishermen’s issue, Rajapaksa said that there is no question of allowing Indian fishermen to fish in Lankan waters with or without bottom trawlers. “India does not allow our fishermen to fish in its waters!” he pointed out. - ENS
     
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  3. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Well goood altlest we have president who understand nitty-grittys of election in India
     
  4. nirranj

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    Sure He is chewing down his fear of facing war crimes... Well Fonseka is still alive to give his statements and evidences against Rajabhaksa and Bros...
     
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    Yeah right......................... Fonseka cannot do anything now...........
     
  6. Excelias

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    The Sri lankans are my biggest worry among our south asian neighbours.They seem to resent India and try their darndest to work against us without triggering response from us.In case the sri lankans get any fancy ideas about who is the mover and shaker of south asia,we must make them our ukraine.
     
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