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India voted to help Tamils get justice: PM

Manmohan Singh said India`s vote against Sri Lanka at the UNHCR was in line with its stand.



New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Thursday said India`s vote against Sri Lanka at the UNHCR was in
line with its stand and wanted to ensure that concern was
expressed to enable minority Tamils in that country to get
justice.

Singh also said India did not want to "infringe" on the
sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

"One has to weigh pros and cons. What we did was in line
with our stand on Sri Lanka. We do not want to infringe on the
sovereignty of Sri Lanka but concerns should be expressed so
that Tamil people can get justice and lead a life of dignity,"
he told reporters here.

He was responding to a question on India voting in favour
of the US-sponsored resolution that censures Sri Lanka on
alleged human rights violations during the war against LTTE.

Singh had on Monday told Lok Sabha said India was
"inclined to" vote in favour of the resolution which meets
"our objectives" with regard to the future of ethnic Tamils.

"We are inclined to vote in favour of the resolution if
the resolution will cover our objectives namely the
achievement of a future for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka
that is based on equality, dignity, justice and self respect,"
he had said.

PTI

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