Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Monday that many countries are promoting separatism in the name of decentralization in Sri Lanka to serve their geo-strategic interests, but they will not allow this to happen. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that his government does not want to be involved in the battle for supremacy among global forces in the Indian Ocean. Rajapaksa said that no one can play with the sovereignty of Sri Lanka.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa said these things at an event in Matara district of Sri Lanka. It is believed that Rajapaksa targeted India through this statement. In fact, in the same month, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted on a resolution against Sri Lanka from which India abstained. This voting was about the human rights violations of Tamils and minorities in Sri Lanka. It was not easy for India to either support or rejects the proposal brought against Sri Lanka. On the one hand, there was a fear of a deteriorating relationship with the Sri Lankan government, on the other hand, the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils in the states of South India matters a lot. That is why India decided not to participate in the voting.
However, India supported the international community’s demand for decentralization of political power in Sri Lanka, holding elections for provincial councils and implementing the 13th Constitutional Amendment, which states that provinces should be given significant powers.
The resolution brought against the Government of Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council was accepted after the support of 22 countries. The issue of human rights violations of Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka was also raised in the council and there was a demand for a serious review of the protection of human rights. However, Pakistan and China supported the Sri Lankan government and voted against the resolution. Before the vote, Sri Lanka also sought support from India. However, the political parties that lead the Tamils of Sri Lanka have been constantly talking of giving more power to the provinces in the realm of unity and integrity of the country.
Rajapaksa said, we will face the challenge of Geneva without any fear. We are not going to bow down under anyone’s pressure. We are an independent country. We will not become a victim of the hostility of the world’s superpowers in the Indian Ocean.