Sri Lanka might lose Indian support on war crimes issue: reports

Mar 19, 2012 (LBO) – India might vote against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council which is debating alleged war crimes in the island, news reports quoted Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh as saying.

Tamil Nadu political parties have been urging the Indian government to take a strong stand on the atrocities allegedly committed by Sri Lankan government forces in its campaign to crush Tamil Tiger separatists.

In a separate statement, India’s Ministry of External Affairs stressed that Foreign Affairs Minister SM Krishna is “giving great importance to views expressed by MPs from Tamil Nadu”,

He told Parliament India is “inclined” to vote against Sri Lanka at a session of the council in Geneva where a resolution against the Sri Lankan government has been moved by the US, Norway and France, NDTV news channel reported.

The United Nations Human Rights Council will vote Friday on the resolution, aimed at getting Sri Lanka to look investigate alleged abuses by its soldiers and Tamil Tiger insurgents during the ethnic war that ended in 2009.

“We do not yet have the final text of the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka,” Singh said.

“However, I may assure the House that we ar