No anger, hostility in ties with India: Sri Lanka

Last Updated: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 14:29

Colombo: Indo-Sri Lanka ties remain good
despite India backing a resolution moved by the US at the
UNHRC against Colombo, Foreign Minister G L Peiris has said,
observing that no bilateral relationship is one dimensional
and "we must not be obsessed with what happened and move on".

Addressing Parliament last night in response to the
opposition`s assertion that Sri Lanka`s ties with India had
nose-dived, Peiris said "there is no anger or hostility."

"No bilateral relationship is one dimensional. We must
not be obsessed with what happened and must move on," Peiris
said.

Pointing to the proposed visit here this month by an
all-party Indian Parliamentary group led by Sushma Swaraj,
Peiris said it was an indicator of the level of relationship.

However, he said the Indian decision to vote in favour of
the US had exposed a chink in the Indian policy armour.

Peiris said the Indian decision had swayed the way the
certain countries voted at the resolution against Sri Lanka`s
rights record.

"Some who wanted to abstain voted against while some who
wanted to vote for Sri Lanka abstained."

The Geneva resolution voted 24-15 against Sri Lanka
committed this country to implement the recommendations of the
Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission in addition to
setting up a mechanism for rights accountability.

"We do not have to implement all its recommendations,"
Peiris stressed, adding the way forward on the reconciliation
issue was through the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 14:28

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