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,"
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