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India is a LOSER, says Sri Lankan media

Last updated on: March 23, 2012 19:34 IST

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'India is a loser', the Sri Lankan media on Friday proclaimed in comments, a day after Colombo faced censure at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Lankan media claimed that New Delhi had failed to carry other South Asian nations with it on the issue.

"India has failed to carry Asia, or at least South Asia with it. In other words, Sri Lanka has won against India in Asia," the pro-government newspaper Island commented in lead, screaming that India had joined the United States to defeat Lanka.

Most of the papers still saw a sliver-lining in the gloom despite the US-sponsored resolution being carried through, as they claimed "Might overrules the right", and China and Russia had stood with Sri Lanka.

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Image: Human Rights Council President Laura Dupuy Lasserre opens a session of the Council on Sri Lanka at which Members adopted a resolution urging the country to investigate potential human rights abuses committed during its 26-year-long civil war by a vote of 24 in favour, 15 against and 8 abstentions
Photographs: UN Photo

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"The cornered badger bravely fought the mastiffs of neo-imperialism and went on fighting yesterday," the Island said.

It said that the Indian intervention had resulted in the inclusion of key operative words in the resolution which were more acceptable to Sri Lanka.

Its editorial -- captioned 'a defeat as good as victory' -- said, "The US and its friends should be ashamed that they, in spite of their combined might, could muster only 24 votes".

Commenting on India's decision to back the resolution, it said by doing so the Indian government had "plunged the country into an unholy diplomatic and political mire".

"India has been a loser in Geneva, though it helped the US win," it said.

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Image: Mahinda Samarasinghe, Sri Lankan minister of plantation industries, addresses a meeting of the Human Rights Council on his country. By a vote of 24 in favour, 15 against and 8 abstentions, the Council adopted a resolution urging Sri Lanka to investigate potential human rights abuses committed during its 26-year-long civil war
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It opined that US will further embolden Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and others to adopt a "more confrontational approach in dealing with the Centre."

The state-run Daily News said the 24 nations, which backed the resolution calling for a credible investigation into the alleged war crimes, were being destructive.

The state-owned Tamil paper Dinakaran shared the view that the US win was a reflection of the unfair defeat of fairness and responsibility while the independent Thinakkural said the international community would be closely monitoring Sri Lanka's action over accountability and reconciliation.

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Image: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa
Photographs: Stringer

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Although the majority Sinhala language papers chose not to comment editorially, all of them lead with the resolution outcome.

The state-owned Dinamina said 'US wins by whisker; might overrules right'.

The independent newspapers chose to highlight the Indian factor in the vote. Lakbima said, "US resolution adopted; India votes in favour", Mawbima read "Anti-Lanka resolution adopted", Divayina said "Geneva resolution adopted -- India says will ensure not harm to Sri Lanka' and Lankadeepa read 'US resolution adopted-India supports, China and Russia with Sri Lanka.'

India on Thursday voted for the US-sponsored resolution at the UN's top human rights body, censuring Sri Lanka for alleged rights violations during the war against LTTE.

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Image: Sri Lankans hold national flags as they march against the UN resolution calling on Sri Lanka to probe wartime human rights abuses, in Colombo.
Photographs: Reuters
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