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Achieving prosperity for all Sri Lankans and realizing the legitimate aspirations of Tamils of Sri Lanka are two sides of the same coin – India

Statement  by India before the vote on consideration of the resolution “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka at the 51st Session of the Human Rights Council delivered by Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey, Permanent Representative of India
(Geneva, 6th October, 2022)

Mr. President,

As an immediate neighbour, India has substantively contributed to the relief, rehabilitation, re-settlement and reconstruction process in Sri Lanka after 2009. More recently, since January this year, India has stepped up and provided unprecedented assistance to the people of Sri Lanka to face the challenges of the recent economic crisis.

In finding a lasting and effective solution for peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, India has always been guided by the two fundamental principles of support to the aspirations of the Tamils for equality, justice, dignity and peace and unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

While we have taken note of the commitments by the Government of Sri Lanka on issues of implementation of the commitments in the spirit of the 13th Constitutional Amendment, meaningful devolution and the early conduct of provincial elections, we believe that the progress towards the same remains inadequate. Accordingly, we urge the Government of Sri Lanka to work meaningfully towards early implementation of these commitments.

Achieving prosperity for all Sri Lankans and realizing the legitimate aspirations of Tamils of Sri Lanka for prosperity, dignity and peace are two sides of the same coin.

Mr. President, India will work with Sri Lanka and the international community to attain the related objectives of legitimate aspirations of Tamils of Sri Lanka and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.

I thank you.

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