For the US resolution in Geneva, 24 countries voted in favour, 15 against, while there were eight abstentions. In real terms, declining to support the ‘Resolution’ by abstaining was a plus to Sri Lanka. So, practically, there were 23 who were not in favour of the US.
Therefore, the mighty US could muster only 24 countries to bully Sri Lanka. Compared with previous records, this was declining popularity for the US.
Sri Lanka had asked for ‘time and space’ to implement the LLRC report and the reconciliation process. But according to the resolution, US is asking for ‘another team’ to monitor the implementation of the LLRC report. Then the crux of the resolution is that the eradication of terrorism should have been done in conformity with international law.
Unarmed Bin Laden was killed in front of his children in Pakistan territory and watched by the US President and his team. What about atrocities committed by the US in Afghanistan, Iraq, and so on?
Almost all Asian countries backed Sri Lanka except India, which had joined the LTTE proxy camp. India trained and armed the LTTE. Then in 1987, trespassed into Sri Lankan air space in support of the terrorists. The LTTE showed its ‘gratitude’ to India by getting a suicide bomber to kill Rajiv Gandhi.
The West, backed by the LTTE rump, is doing its best to scupper the hard won peace in Sri Lanka. And India, preaching non-alignment, joins terror backers because of Tamil Nadu votes for the Congress. The Congress is hanging on to power because of the support of Tamil Nadu MPs. The death sentence for Rajiv Gandhi’s killers has still not been carried out in Tamil Nadu, despite Sonia Gandhi being the President of the Congress. Thus, it appears that the top brass of the Congress do not seem to care about it, as long as the Gandhi dynasty is allowed to rule the country.
So, in Geneva as well, the Congress wanted to consolidate its power by keeping Jayalalithaa happy. India’s claim of giving a ‘helping hand’ to Sri Lanka is a face saving measure. If India voted against the resolution many others on the fence would have supported Sri Lanka. Therefore, India gave a ‘helping hand’ to the US. India is running with the hare and hunting with the hound! India has shown her true colours and Sri Lanka now knows who her real friends are.