India's vote against Lanka not let down: Chandrika



New Delhi: Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga does not share the view that India's vote against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council was a "let down" as she feels that there must have been "justifiable reasons" for the decision.

66-year-old Kumaratunga, who ruled Sri Lanka for 11 years from 1994, also accused the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government of not fulfilling the promises made to India and other "friendly countries" with regard to addressing the political grievances of minority Tamils.

Herself a victim of the bloodshed unleashed by the LTTE for nearly three decades having been survived an assassination bid with serious injuries, the former leader of the now ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party feels that the vote will not have any impact on the Indo-Sri Lanka relations.

"I don't think it was a matter of letting down. India has supported us for a long time, not only this government, but many governments of Sri Lanka. It has been very supportive," she said.

Here on a private visit, Kumaratunga, who fell out with President Rajapaksa during the 2010 Presidential Polls, was asked about the generally prevailing Sri Lankan view that the Indian vote was a let down.

India had voted in favour of the US-sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council on May 23 that censured Sri Lanka for alleged human rights violations during the war with LTTE.

There has been criticism in Sri Lanka over the Indian vote with Foreign Minister G L Peiris saying domestic compulsions forced its hand while Power Minister Champika Ranawaka has been more vocal raking up other issues against New Delhi.

PTI