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India softened it, PM tells Lanka

NEW DELHI: Two days after India voted along with the West in favour of the US-initiated resolution in UNHRC, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa s

Published: 25th March 2012 03:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:41 PM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Two days after India voted along with the West in favour of the US-initiated resolution in UNHRC, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa saying that it “spared no effort” in introducing an “element of balance” in the final text.

On Thursday, India voted in favour of the resolution adopted by the 47-member UNHRC, which calls on Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

report.

In a bid to assuage Sri Lankan rage, PM wrote to Rajapaksa reminding him that it was Indian pressure which led to the modification in the final text, making it much less intrusive.

“Your Excellency would be aware that we spared no effort and were successful in introducing an element of balance in the language of the resolution,” Singh wrote in the letter.

He was referring to the two changes made on India’s insistence, which made UN advice and technical assistance for implementing LLRC report contingent on agreement by the Sri Lankan government.



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