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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05.05 GMT
India will stand by Sri Lanka's position at the UNHRC - Dr. Swamy


Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy while stressing that India will stand by Sri Lanka's position at the UNHRC, said that there is no fundamental conflict in Sri Lanka.

He was participating in a panel discussion organised by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies(BCIS) on "India under Modi: Relevance for the Region and the World" at the BMICH, Colombo yesterday.

The former Minister said Human Rights are being used as a tool by some quarters to belittle Sri Lanka's achievement in crushing one of the most ruthless terrorist outfits in the world.

Swamy added that India is proud of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who decisively defeated terrorism in Sri Lanka.

"No other country has so decisively defeated terrorism," he added.

He added that his country's policy towards Sri Lanka suffered a setback in the fact there was a veto from the principal and governing parties of Tamil Nadu.

Swamy said that there is a shift in foreign policy under the Modi Government of India.

"Our policy is based on national interests which supersedes the interests of States," he stressed.

Swamy said that all hardliners against Sri Lanka were defeated at the election that was held in May. "State interests will be regarded as an input to make a decision.

There was substantial opposition to President Rajapaksa's visit to India, but, Prime Minister Narendra Modi overruled that," he added.

He added that the Government led by Narendra Modi has stressed more cooperation and partnership among the countries in the region.

Swamy noted that Premier Modi has focused special attention on strengthening cooperation among the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.

"Major restructuring has been started in the SAARC and the organization will be developed into a unit that can solve bilateral issues," he said.

"There are issues that require unanimity and they will be on the agenda of the next SAARC meeting to be held in Kathmandu," he said.

Former Union Minister Dr. Suresh Prabhu said Sri Lanka can enter the energy market of India too. He said that India has invested in Bhutan and India buys electricity from Bhutan.

"It is a win win situation," he said. He was of the view that Sri Lanka can enter the huge energy market by providing energy to India as well.





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