HM defends India backing US sponsored resolution
Tiruchirapalli: Home Minister P Chidambaram
on Saturday defended India supporting the US sponsored resolution
at UN`s top human rights body censuring Sri Lanka for alleged
rights violations in the war against LTTE, saying it would not
have been carried as expected if the country had hesitated.
"Had we not rendered our support, things would have been
different... had we hesitated even a little, the resolution
would not have been carried as expected by us," he said.
Pointing out that 24 countries, including India, had voted
for it, 15 against and eight had abstained, Chidambaram
expressed the confidence that even countries like Saudi Arabia
and Pakistan could be `convinced`` through India`s diplomatic
On March 22, the 47-member UN Human Rights Council had
adopted the resolution, noting with concern that an internal
inquiry report in Sri Lanka does not adequately address
"serious allegations" of violations of international law.
It had also asked Colombo to present as expeditiously as
possible a comprehensive action plan on steps to implement the
recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation
Commission and address alleged violations of international law.
On the Kudankulam nuclear power plant issue, Chidambaram
said government would not revert the decision to commission
the project and there could not be any change in it.
He noted the decision to commission KNPP had been arrived
at after studying the report of the expert committees of the
Centre and the state government.
Earlier, addressing the gathering, former TNCC presidents
KV Thangkabalu and EVKS Elangaovan said Congress welcomes
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa`s request to give the
entire power generated from KNPP to the state.
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