21 April, 2021

‘The UN Resolution Is A Misplaced Initiative’

The Sri Lankan high commissioner on the agitation in Tamil Nadu and the future of Indo-Lankan relations.

Apoorva Salkade
‘The UN Resolution Is A Misplaced Initiative’
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In his college days, Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to New Delhi, was a promising cricketer. But in the turning track of Indian politics, the 59-year-old diplomat had to summon all his diplomatic and cricketing skill to play with a straight bat. In the wake of India’s vote against Sri Lanka in Geneva, he speaks to Pranay Sharma on the agitation in Tamil Nadu and the future of Indo-Lankan relations.

The Sri Lankan issue has created a political crisis in India. How do you see it?

This is very unfortunate. The root-cause of this crisis is extra-regional and nothing to do with our region. It’s because of a resolution by the US at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. In our view that initiative, both in substance and procedure, is uncalled for because it is not going to help the ground situation in Sri Lanka. In terms of rehabilitation and reconstruction we have gone far ahead. We have achieved a lot which has in fact been acknowledged by the international...

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