Thirty years of war should not be an excuse…- Salman Khurshid

Thirty years of war should not be an excuse…- Salman Khurshid

Written by Staff Writer

12 Feb, 2014 | 9:30 pm

Salman Kurshid, India’s Minister of External Affairs says that in Sri Lanka’s case, thirty years of war should not be an excuse for waiting another thirty years.

He made this statement in response to questions posed to him by journalists on Wednesday evening, on India’s stance on the proposed resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.

He has said: “Let us urge the world community that everyone knows – everyone knows what values are cherished. Everyone also knows that it is a very difficult conflict situation (that) has overtaken us- you – for 30 years. And that 30 years will not disappear overnight.”

“But 30 years should not be an excuse for waiting another 30 years. You cannot afford it. The world can’t afford it. We cannot allow conflict to re-emerge simply because we have not done enough to reconcile differences and build upon the opportunity that we have to build peace where there is end of war. So the process of building peace is what we want to engage with you.”

He has also added; It is important that we should take the world with us. Including those who are cynical. There are enough people in the world who understand reason and I think we should reason with them transparently, openly, without allowing our egos to come in the way.”

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