MR begs India to relook its stand


In the strongest reaction yet to India’s contentious support to a UN resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against Sri Lanka earlier this year, The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has broken his silence by calling upon the Indian Government to have a relook at its dealings with its neighbours.

In a freewheeling interaction with TOI at his Temple Trees residence, his . rst full-length interview since India’s vote for the resolution in March, Rajapaksa suggested that India could be abdicating its leadership role in the region.

Rajapaksa, in fact, did not fully agree with India’s contention that it had helped tone down the resolution against alleged human rights abuses, saying that if India had continued with its support to Sri Lanka, there may not have been any resolution against Sri Lanka



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