India Assured Support To Lanka At UNHRC: SL Foreign Secretary

Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Admiral Jayanath Colambage has confirmed that the government of India has assured Sri Lanka of its support at the UN Human Rights Council where a resolution will come up for vote next week urging Colombo to make good on its pledges to deal with war time atrocities.

The Media Center for National Development tweeted on Wednesday that Admiral Colambage had “confirmed” that India had assured Colombo of its support to “upkeep and protect the territorial sovereignty of Sri Lanka” during the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Narendra Modi

“Being the super power that they are, Sri Lanka greatly appreciates their position,” the foreign secretary was quoted as saying. It was not clear where the Foreign Secretary was making these remarks.

The government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has made no secret of its intention to repeal the 13th amendment, delaying elections for the provincial councils and submitting legislative proposals to amend the provincial councils act. However in what was seen as a fresh move to appease New Delhi, President Rajapaksa this week ordered officials to conduct the provincial polls immediately if necessary by withdrawing amendments proposed to the act that governs the PCs. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also had a much publicized telephone call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week where the duo pledged to cooperate on multilateral issues.

There was no immediate statement confirming the Foreign Secretary’s remarks from the Indian Government. India has remained non-communal so far publicly on the issue of the Sri Lanka resolution coming up at the UNHRC. However in a statement to the Council at the beginning of the UNHRC session, the representative for New Delhi said that Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity was intrinsically tied to meeting the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil people and expressed concern about Sri Lanka’s deteriorating human rights situation as highlighted in UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s report.

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