India’s abstention evokes mixed response
- The U.S.-backed resolution in Geneva evoked mixed response in Sri Lanka, India decides to abstain from voting.
- Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was satisfied with the resolution passed as it could pave way for reconciliation and permanent peace in Sri Lanka if it was properly implemented it.
- Former diplomat Mr.Dayan stated that India’s decision is a triumph of diplomacy as India had gone far from its position of support to Sri Lanka in 2009 to its voting pattern in last 2 Human Rights Council sessions where it backed U.S.-sponsored resolution.
- Bilateral ties between two countries had several ups and downs in past few yrs. The holding of the Northern Provincial Council elections pleased India but trade relations witnessed a setback with Sri Lanka shelving the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
- India defended its decision by stating its concerned that the resolution can hinder the efforts of country rather than contributing constructively and inadvertently complicating the situation.
- Assistant Professor from London School of Economics & Political Science said Sri Lankan government had ample opportunity to advance the process of reconciliation,accountability, and political resolution since end of war 2009, but invain !
- Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)