New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday that the government is 'inclined' to vote against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), when it takes up the US-moved resolution on war crimes committed in the island nation against the LTTE.
“We are inclined to vote in favour of the resolution,” PM Singh told Lok Sabha in his response to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address.
He said the government will take a final decision after the UN draft resolution is studied.
Singh stated the Indian government’s focus has been the welfare and well being of Sri Lankan Tamils following the end of the military offensive against the LTTE.
“Our government is for genuine process of reconciliation to address the grievances,” he informed the House.
The PM said his government has asked the Sri Lankan government to stand by its commitment to work for inclusive development.
“Hope the Sri Lankan government recognises the critical importance of this issue and acts decisively,” he added.
Several Tamil Nadu parties, including the DMK and AIADMK, had been pressing the government to make its stand clear on the resolution moved by the US and several other nations.
Minutes after the PM made the government’s stand clear, DMK chief M Karunanidhi issued a statement welcoming the decision.
First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012, 13:02