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Govt denies diluting US draft; finalising amendments

Posted on Mar 20, 10:28PM | UNI

New Delhi, Mar 20 : Thick into the process of finalising its draft of amendment to the US resolution on Sri Lanka, the Government today strongly denied reports that it was in collusion with the US to ''dilute'' the text of the draft Resolution against war crimes in the island nation that is coming up before the UN Human Rights Council(UNHRC) at Geneva tomorrow.

''Such reports are simply a canard,'' Finance Minister P Chidambaram said here while detailing media about its response to the situation and circumstances leading up to UPA ally DMK's withdrawal of support to the Government over the issue.

The DMK wants the Government to move amendments to the US resolution to call for international inquiry and to use the word genocide for the killings of Sri Lankan Tamils during the last phase of operation against the LTTE.

It also wants the Government to bring in a resolution in Parliament condemning Sri lanka for the ''genocide''.

The Government said it was working on the final text of the draft Resolution to be placed before UNHRC, and it was also working with political parties here for Parliament resolution as the opinion was divided on the matter.