India tells Lanka to engage
India today urged Sri Lanka to engage with the world on the human rights issue and find a via media which satisfies the world.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, speaking to a group of Sri Lankan journalists in New Delhi today, said that Sri Lanka cannot isolate itself from the world.
We need to find a via media that shows the world that something is happening and that it needs time. You cannot isolate yourself. All of us are partners in the UN. We must find ways of communicating our compulsions, he said.
He expressed the need to find creative solutions to the Sri Lankan issue while recognizing that there was a very difficult 30 year conflict in the country.
I urge them (Sri Lankan Government) to look at possible ways to avoid hostility of people or countries that matter, he added.
The Indian Minister also said that India will not dictate terms to Sri Lanka but only make suggestions.
We are careful anything we say today of a definitive nature will dilute our ability to be of help to Sri Lanka. For us to be of help we should be able to say this is what Sri Lanka is doing. This is an ongoing process, he added.
He also said he hopes the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the National issue will reach a solution acceptable to all communities in Sri Lanka.