Delhi should have supported resolution against Sri Lanka, says Chidambaram

Chennai: Differing with his government's stand of abstaining from voting in UNHRC on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, finance minister P Chidambaram said New Delhi should have supported it. "It is my personal opinion.
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PTI March 28, 2014 15:22 IST
Chennai: Differing with his government's stand of abstaining from voting in UNHRC on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, finance minister P Chidambaram said New Delhi should have supported it.

"It is my personal opinion. Twenty three countries had supported it and we also should have supported even if it was a watered down one," he told reporters.

The decision could have been taken by officials in the external affairs ministry, Chidambaram, who hails from Tamil Nadu where the ethnic conflict involving minority Tamils in Sri Lanka has an emotional appeal, said.

He pointed out that there was no consensus among political parties in the state over this issue.

On Thursday, India had abstained from voting in the US-sponsored resolution at UNHRC, saying it imposes an "intrusive approach" of international investigative mechanism which was counter-productive, apart from being "inconsistent and impractical".

The country had, however, voted against Sri Lanka, charged with alleged war crimes during the peak of hostilities in 2009, in the previous years amid clamour for its support by Tamil Nadu political parties, including former UPA constituent DMK and ruling AIADMK.

 
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