India reiterates 13A implementation at UNHRC
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
India yesterday (25), at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council session, reiterated that its consistent position on Sri Lanka was to support Sri Lanka’s unity and territorial integrity while abiding by the commitment to help fulfil the aspirations of the Tamils of Sri Lanka for equality, justice and dignity.
India’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Indra Mani Pandey, said the Council has adopted seven resolutions on the question of human rights in Sri Lanka since May 2009 when the three-decade conflict in the country ended.
She noted that India was an active participant in the discussions on these resolutions and has remained engaged with Sri Lanka as its close friend and immediate neighbour.
“We believe that respecting the rights of the Tamil community through meaningful devolution contributes directly to the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka. Therefore, we advocate that delivering on the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil community is in the best interest of Sri Lanka.”
India also called upon Sri Lanka to take steps to address such aspirations through reconciliation and full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka.
The assessment of the High Commissioner, regarding the developments nearly 12 years from the end of the conflict, raises important concerns, India said. The statement further noted that the Sri Lankan Government has articulated its position on these issues as well and in evaluation of both, “we should be guided by a commitment to find a lasting and effective solution for this issue.”