Colombo Telegraph

Sri Lanka Warns India May Face Repercussions – Xinhia

COLOMBO, March 24 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka on Saturday warned that India may face repercussions over its decision to vote in favor of a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Government spokesman and acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told a gathering at a public event that some countries or groups may use the vote on Sri Lanka as a precedence to bring a resolution on India over the dispute in Kashmir.

However the minister said Sri Lanka was mindful that the Indian government was forced to vote in support of the resolution as a result of immense pressure from Tamil political parties in southern India.

India was among 24 countries which voted in support of the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday while 15 countries voted against it and eight abstained.

Sri Lanka had earlier expected India to vote against the resolution but the Indian government later said it had to support the resolution in the best interest of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka also warned that there is an attempt by one country to dictate to the world through which arises the threat of pressure or even military aggression.

A statement by Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council on the closing day of its 19th session in Geneva on Friday, a copy of which was made available to the media in Sri Lanka on Saturday, said that pressure and various other methods were used to obtain support for the U.S. sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.

“Today one country deems itself the depository of a mission to dictate to the rest of the world its vision of democracy, of human rights, of development. Is any of us safe from becoming the next target, the object of pressure, even of military aggression, the detriment of our peoples and their right to life?” the statement said.

The statement said that Sri Lanka rejects all form of unilateralism, threats, sanctions, blockades, conditionality and an orchestrated disinformation campaign on the country.

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