‘Sri Lanka must continue to be friends with India’

Sri Lanka expected India to vote against the resolution.

Colombo: Despite India`s backing for a
US resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights
Council, the country must continue to be friends with its
neighbour, a senior minister said on Saturday.

"We must continue to be friends with India. We must
remember that when south Indian film stars joined Tamil Nadu
politicians to bring pressure on Sri Lanka through India, the
Indian central government stood by us," Dullas Alahapperuma,
the Minister of Youth Affairs told a public gathering.

He was referring to demonstrations led by the Tamil
Nadu`s the then chief minister M Karunanidhi in 2009 which
asked that New Delhi must prevail over Colombo to abandon the
military campaign against the LTTE.

Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, the acting minister of media
expressing dismay at the Indian decision to back the US moved
resolution said that India might find themselves in same
situation as Sri Lanka in a future UN rights council session.

"What would happen to India if the Western countries
wanted to take India to task over their conduct in Kashmir?",
Abeywardene asked.

The ruling coalition politicians have been expressing
disappointment but no direct attacks against India over the
Indian change of stance which came in as a shock.

Sri Lanka expected India to vote against the resolution.

The US resolution binds Colombo to implement
recommendations of its own reconciliation commission to
address Tamil minority grievances among others.