DMK hails India`s vote against Sri Lanka
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 23:19
New Delhi: Key UPA partner DMK on Thursday welcomed India's support for a US-sponsored resolution at the UN's top human rights body censuring Sri Lanka for alleged human rights violations during the war against LTTE.

"This is what DMK wanted, this is what Tamil Nadu wanted...we are very happy," party's Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi told reporters here.

Noting that many countries have voted against the resolution, she said if India did not support the resolution, it would not have passed.

Kanimozhi said India's support to the US resolution "makes sure that (Sri Lankan) Tamils get their rights, rehabilitation happens and they get justice".

With 24 votes for, 15 against and 8 abstentions, the 47-member UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the resolution which noted with concern that an internal inquiry report in Sri Lanka does not adequately address "serious allegations" of violations of international law.

Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V Narayanasamy said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who assured the Parliament that India would support US resolution, has fulfilled his commitment.

He, however, said the issue did not affect the friendly relations between India and Sri Lanka.

"There will be no strained relationship between Sri Lanka and India. Because, as far as India is concerned, as a principle, we have been protecting the human rights values..," the Minister said.


First Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 23:19

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