Kolkata: Overseas Indian Affairs Minister
Vayalar Ravi on Sunday said India supported the UNHRC resolution
against Sri Lanka keeping in mind Tamil sentiments, but
assured that it would not affect relations with Colombo.
"Issues of human rights violation were moved by certain
western countries before the UNHRC. Due to the Tamil issue,
the Government of India could not ignore the resolution and
voted for it," Ravi told reporters on the sidelines of the
diamond jubilee celebrations of Kolkata Malayalee Samajam.
"We have taken the sentiments and compulsions of the
Tamil polulation in mind. We cannot ignore the sentiments of
our citizens and as such we had to take this decision (to vote
for the resolution)," he said.
Describing Sri Lanka as a "neighbouring and friendly"
country, he said India`s support to the UNHRC resolution would
not affect relation with that country.
In a major embarrassment to Sri Lanka, the UNHRC adopted
a resolution on Tuesday censuring it for alleged war crimes in
the conflict with LTTE, with India joining the West in backing
the US-sponsored move.
Of the 47 UN Human Rights Council member-countries, 24,
including India, voted for the resolution and 15 against it,
while eight nations abstained.
India, which normally does not vote on nation-specific
resolutions, made a last-minute departure after overwhelming
pressure from parties in Tamil Nadu, especially the DMK which
had even considered pulling out its ministers from the
government at the Centre, to vote against Sri Lanka.