Dealing a heavy blow to Sri Lanka’s international battle, India’s Congress-led government will support an international investigation into Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes to win Tamil votes in April’s general election, a report in the UK Telegraph newspaper announced today.
Quoting Government sources in New Delhi, the report said India’s decision to add its weight to a campaign led by Britain and the United States will be a serious blow to Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan president, whose government has traditionally had strong ties with India.
“As the biggest regional power, India’s support will also increase the likelihood that next month’s United Nations Human Rights Committee meeting in Geneva will pass a resolution calling for an international investigation,” the Telegraph said.
The report said that while the Indian government has so far remained non-committal as Britain and other supporters have lobbied officials, but privately they say the government is likely to support the resolution to keep its Indian Tamil allies on board for its general election in April-May.
The Telegraph said that Indian officials are now waiting to receive the draft proposal drawn up by the UN’s Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, but they say “political considerations” rather than concerns over its relationship with Colombo will determine the government’s stand.
“The decision will be made in the midst of an election campaign, so political considerations will play a key role,” a government source said on Wednesday.