Indo-Sri Lanka ties remain good despite India backing a resolution moved by the US at the UNHRC against Colombo,Foreign Minister G L Peiris has said,observing that no bilateral relationship is one dimensional and “we must not be obsessed with what happened and move on”.
Addressing Parliament last night in response to the opposition’s assertion that Sri Lanka’s ties with India had nose-dived,Peiris said “there is no anger or hostility.”
“No bilateral relationship is one dimensional. We must not be obsessed with what happened and must move on,” Peiris said.
Pointing to the proposed visit here this month by an all-party Indian Parliamentary group led by Sushma Swaraj,Peiris said it was an indicator of the level of relationship.
However,he said the Indian decision to vote in favour of the US had exposed a chink in the Indian policy armour.
Peiris said the Indian decision had swayed the way the certain countries voted at the resolution against Sri Lanka’s rights record.
“Some who wanted to abstain voted against while some who wanted to vote for Sri Lanka abstained.”
The Geneva resolution voted 24-15 against Sri Lanka committed this country to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission in addition to setting up a mechanism for rights accountability.
“We do not have to implement all its recommendations,” Peiris stressed,adding the way forward on the reconciliation issue was through the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee.