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Govt will not interfere in domestic affairs of Sri Lanka: Congress

Last Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 20:26

Bangalore: Congress on Thursday said Government "unambiguously" condemns alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, but will not interfere in the domestic affairs of the island nation.
"The Indian government`s stand on Sri Lanka is a calibrated middle-of-the-road stand. The stand is simple... We do not interfere in domestic affairs of a country, especially our neighbouring country, a valuable ally like Sri Lanka," party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters.

"Without hesitation and being unambiguous we condemn human rights violations, especially of the serious kind. I think it is nuanced and balanced approach (of Indian government)," he said.

Asked about his view on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a Prime Ministerial candidate, he said, "The tragedy of Modi is that his over-eagerness for the post is matched by an under-eargerness within his own party and NDA. He has to first sort out that contradiction."

Asked about the delay in passing anti-rape law due to lack of consensus in the Cabinet, Singhvi said there is bound to be a level of disagreement on many specific issues, "but things are moving far faster than before."

He said Delhi gang-rape incident would lead to conviction in next three to six months.
Moreover, there are some suggestions in the Verma Commission report that should be deliberated.

"We should not get carried away by a system where we end up perhaps with more laws and less enforcement. If that happens then you are back to square one," he contended.


First Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 20:25

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