Lanka values India`s statement over US move

Sri Lanka on Thursday described as valuable a statement made by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on a US-led move to censure Colombo.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2012, 17:31 PM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Thursday described as
"valuable" a statement made by External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna on a US-led move to censure Colombo at the ongoing UN
Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Government spokesman Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, who
is also acting minister of media, said Sri Lanka understood
India`s stance in the context of pressures from Tamil Nadu.

"We have to understand the context in which the statement
is made (in the Indian parliament yesterday)," the
minister said.

"We consider it a valuable statement."
India did not outright say how it will vote at the
Human Rights Council, but Colombo is banking on support from
Non-Aligned nations, including India to defeat the US
resolution at the 47-member UNHRC.

"We can`t say whether we will win or not. There can be
changes until the last moments, but we will face any
situation," the Minister said, adding that President Mahinda
Rajapakse asked his cabinet yesterday to be prepared for any
outcome at the vote.

Making a statement in Parliament, External Affairs
Minister S M Krishna said yesterday that the issue was
sensitive and India needs to consider the implications
carefully.

"Any assertion on India`s part may have implications
on our historically friendly relations with a neighbouring
country," he said in identical statements in both Houses.

PTI