India to support Lanka at UNHRC: Lankan minister

Lanka received India`s backing against the US sponsored motion on alleged human rights abuses by its Army, special human rights envoy has claimed.

Colombo: Sri Lanka has received India`s full
backing against the US sponsored motion on alleged human
rights abuses by its Army during the war against LTTE, the
country`s special human rights envoy Mahinda Samarasinghe has

"We have the full backing from India. They have publicly
expressed this assurance," Samarasinghe, who is leading the
Lankan delegation at the UN Human Rights Council sessions in
Geneva, said over telephone.
"We are 100 per cent confident of Indian support," he
said, adding alongside India, China, Russia and Cuba were to
support Sri Lanka against the US move in the session which got
underway yesterday.

Samarasinghe said in his address made at the sessions
last night he had outlined the progress made in implementing
its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC)

LLRC is the local panel which looked back at the decades
old separatist campaign waged by the LTTE.
The US resolution was to urge Sri Lanka to implement LLRC
recommendations in order to establish true reconciliation with
minority Tamils.

"We have detailed the progress we have made. It is now
upto those who wanted to move the resolution to rethink if
they need to still move it," Samarasinghe said.

He said Sri Lanka has time until the third week of March
to win the support of the 47 member nations of the UNHRC.


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