‘Govt will study draft of resolution against SL’

Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 16:11

Chennai: With Dravidian parties mounting
pressure on Centre to support a resolution in UNHRC against
Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes, External Affairs Minister S
M Krishna has said the government will study the draft of the
resolution and consult Tamil MPs before taking a call.

"The minister is concerned over human rights. Once draft
of the resolution is made, India will study it and consult MPs
and take a call," official sources said.

"Krishna is giving importance to views of MPs from Tamil
Nadu," they said.

Parties in Tamil Nadu want the government to support the
resolution.

AIADMK and DMK had disrupted proceedings in Parliament last
week to press their demand for supporting US-sponsored
resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
based in Geneva.

The resolution against Sri Lanka moved by the US, France,
and Norway is scheduled to be taken up on March 23 in the
UNHRC meeting.

UPA`s key constituent DMK has also called a high-level
committee meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue. The agenda at
the meeting would be "India supporting the resolution on Sri
Lankan Army`s war crimes against Ealam Tamils.

Leader of the Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee had told the
House that "our traditional stand has been that we have never
supported any country-specific resolution at the UN Human
Rights Council".

Noting that there were "several facets" involved,
government sources had said that India was in touch with
several countries, including Sri Lanka, and other
interlocutors on the issue.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 16:11

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