India rejects TN resolution to declare Lanka ‘unfriendly’
In an interview to a private news channel, foreign minister Salman Khurshid gave an emphatic "no" to all the demands made by the Tamil Nadu assembly.
The UPA government rejected the Tamil Nadu assembly resolution asking Sri Lanka to be declared an "unfriendly" state. In an interview to a private news channel, foreign minister Salman Khurshid gave an emphatic "no" to all the demands made by the Tamil Nadu assembly.
In a unanimous resolution, the Tamil Nadu assembly said there should be a referendum on Eelam, economic sanctions be imposed on Sri Lanka and it be declared an unfriendly state. Khurshid clarified that this was also the view of all Tamil ministers in the UPA government, including finance minister P Chidambaram.
Tamil Nadu's antics on Colombo have been the cause of deep embarrassment to the central government, impacting India's foreign policy. By supporting what is essentially a separatist movement in a neighbouring country, Tamil Nadu's politicians have undermined India's own stand regarding cross-border interference in domestic affairs. This is likely to have some impact on Lanka's relations with India as well.
Khurshid added that though disappointed the Mahinda Rajapakse government would understand the compulsions that led the Tamil Nadu government to refuse permission to Lankan players and officials to participate in the upcoming IPL games to be played in Chennai.
Will India support the holding of CHOGM in Sri Lanka? Khurshid said as of now, India was party to the collective decision of Commonwealth governments to hold the summit of the 54-nation grouping in the emerald isles. But he also indicated that the government had an open mind about the possibility that this decision could be collectively changed.
Khurshid referred to the growing concern that regional or domestic politics were influencing India's foreign policy, particularly with regard to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Italy and Pakistan. Describing this as his personal "challenge", Khurshid said this did not in any way prevent New Delhi from doing what it thought was right.