`India`s vote against Lanka in UNHRC calculated`

Last Updated: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 21:50

Chennai: Calling it as "calculated vote," a
top official today defended India`s vote to the resolution in
the recent United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session
in Geneva on Sri Lanka and said that the Island Republic has
"not done enough" and was "not doing what it promised to."

"..we believe that country (Sri Lanka) although has won the
war, is losing the peace..definitely in the long term, because
they have not done enough. Or they are not doing what they
promised to. Definitely, our voice was in that direction," Lt
Gen (retd) Prakash Menon, Military Advisor to National
Security Council Secretariat said while addressing a seminar
here.
"Of course, you can say that the Central government was
influenced by coalition politics. But, in the end its all
about national interest. It was a calculated vote. It is not
something we have done off the card," he said.

Brushing aside critics that China was going to leverage
in Sri Lanka, Menon said, "All our neighbours play this game
with us. Nepal plays, Bangladesh plays, Sri Lanka plays. But
we must understand that is natural for small countries to deal
with a bigger neighbour like this. But it does not mean that
Sri Lanka can forget its geography. So we know where we stand
and what we are voted upon is a value-based vote."
Calling upon people to believe in themselves as a strong
country, he said, "When we say that China is actually becoming
powerful militarily, then the strategic question to ask is,
`So what?` The answer to that question would obviously have a
whole lot of meanings," he said, delivering a lecture at a
national seminar on `Challenges to India`s Security in 21th
Century.`

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 21:50

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