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India votes against Sri Lanka, UN war crimes resolution adopted

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Mar 22, 2012 at 08:18pm IST

Geneva: The 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted the resolution against Sri Lanka on alleged war crimes on Thursday with 24 countries voting in favour, 15 against and eight abstaining. India also voted in favour of the US-backed resolution.

The resolution urged Colombo to investigate alleged war crimes during the last stage of its military action against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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The United States, the European Union and India said that an impartial investigation into alleged crimes committed by both the Sri Lankan military and the LTTE would make it clear that Colombo stood for justice and equality.

India had earlier indicated that it would vote in favour of the resolution as the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government was under immense pressure from Tamil Nadu parties on the Sri Lankan war crimes issue.

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However, Sri Lanka got the support of 15 countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Russia and China, all of whom voted against the resolution.

Sri Lanka had strongly lobbied against the resolution moved by the US, France and Norway, calling it 'ill-timed, ill-conceived and borne out of ignorance'. Sri Lankan representative at UNHRC session Bandula Jayasekara appealed to the members not to adopt the resolution as it would help the LTTE undermine democracy.

"We have said that this is very intrusive. We have explained that we are working on this. But this sort of intrusive force would derail the process," said Bandula Jayasekara.

Suren Surendiran, spokesperson for the London-based Global Tamil Forum, demanded an independent investigation into alleged cases of war crimes by Sri Lanka.

"The resolution should be redrafted. We need an independent investigation... that will be the first time that Sri Lanka's crimes against humanity will be recognised," said Surendiran.

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