Respecting Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, India has said it supports quest for justice by the people of the country who were victims of the alleged war crimes during civil war against the LTTE.
“As far as India is concerned, we naturally support the quest for justice. At the same time we are respectful of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. We are hopeful that a way will be found where both these points and objectives can be met,” India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly summit.
The Sri Lankan Government is “engaging” with the UN Human Rights Council and there is a “sea change” in the approach of the new government in this island nation, he said yesterday.
When asked about India’s position on hybrid court, Swarup said New Delhi would have to look at the final outcome of the draft resolution as he hoped that it would be a consensus and acceptable to the Sri Lankan Government.
“Our expectation at this point is that hopefully it will Be a consensus resolution which everyone will be able to pass unanimously and it is something which will be acceptable to the Government of Sri Lanka also,” he said.
He said the Sri Lankan government is actively engaging with the Human Rights Council now.
“It a sea change from the position that was there earlier. Our position is very clear. We stand for justice and at the same time we are respectful of the Sri Lankan sovereignty issues, to the extent the Sri Lankan Government is comfortable with the formulation that marries the two, we will be comfortable with that,” he said.