Tit-for-tat: Sri Lanka considers nuclear deal with Pakistan

Published: July 15, 2013

India’s second vote against Sri Lanka on the Tamil issue at the UN human rights council in March this year upset the country. PHOTO: FILE.

Sri Lanka is considering a nuclear pact with Pakistan after India voted against it at the UN this year, the Hindustan Times reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the Sri Lanka government is dragging its feet on a similar pact with India by not scheduling talks despite New Delhi’s keenness to conclude the agreement soon.

India had offered Sri Lanka a comprehensive nuclear pact that would deal with all aspects of civil nuclear cooperation, including safety and training of professionals. One round of talks was held in October last year, and India also sent Sri Lanka a draft of the pact.

No further development has taken place since and New Delhi has been waiting for a Lankan response on dates for talks.

The report cites sources as saying that foreign secretary-level talks between Sri Lanka and Pakistan have identified civil nuclear technology as a major area of cooperation. Statements made by Lankan authorities show their intent to negotiate nuclear deals with both India and Pakistan, it adds.

India’s second vote against Sri Lanka on the Tamil issue at the UN human rights council in March this year upset the country.  Of the 25 countries that voted against Sri Lanka, only India and South Korea were from Asia. Thirteen members, including Pakistan and China, voted against the resolution and eight abstained. India had voted against Sri Lanka in 2012 as well.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Dajjal
    Jul 15, 2013 - 10:23AM

    A deal with Pakistan is better as we provide a more comprehensive package, not only can we provide nuclear technology for power generation, we can also provide blueprints for centrifuges which can be used for enriching plutonium/uranium, and we can also provide blueprints for a nuclear warhead, along with delivery system. If you want to hand carry these nukes, we can provide bad ideology and a suicide bomber to carry out all kinds of devastating mission. Its a win win for Sri Lanka….

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  • Jul 15, 2013 - 10:29AM

    well however and whatever level the neighbor may hate India but practically and realistically speaking and from ground reality if we talk then i can only say that as per this news if Sri Lanka is considering this as a revenge against India due to India voted against it at the UN then it should rethink.Sri Lanka as a sovereign nation can do whatever it want but some of its action in recent days or years like trying to abolish 13th amendment,reducing import of vehicles from India,aggressive behavior with TN fishermen at sea,allowing Chinese to have a base at hambantota while some of its leaders calling for making it a naval base,and now a nuclear pact will likely put Sri Lanka in trouble in future.India till now is on wait and watch mode but will not sit idle and its action can likely spill headache to Sri Lanka if India’s interests are compromised.Geographically speaking any country creating enmity with India just can’t afford it in this current era since geography is something that doesn’t give them that favor and that too when they are in India’s sphere of influence.Recommend

  • Jul 15, 2013 - 10:32AM

    @Dajjal “we can also provide blueprints for centrifuges which can be used for enriching plutonium/uranium, and we can also provide blueprints for a nuclear warhead, along with delivery system”.

    Then you yourself and Sri Lanka will be inviting national suicide

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  • chandana attunga
    Jul 15, 2013 - 10:38AM

    What the Indians are doing with us, on one hand they favor the resolution in UN against our country on the other hand they are looking for nuclear agreement with us. Look at the double standards of indian government. It’s far better to deal nuclear pact with Pakistan which has supported our nation difficult times.

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  • Truth
    Jul 15, 2013 - 10:42AM

    Dream on, srilanka can never ever consider India as there hostile neighbour.
    Its a tiny island in Indian ocean and Colombo port survival is based on Indian
    goods.Ofcourse we have differences with them, but Srilanka pakistan bhai bhai
    and all these blah blah will never work out in real sense.

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  • Syed
    Jul 15, 2013 - 11:01AM

    How can you do a pact with the nation who has destroyed country and instigated the minority against the majority? India has been fueling war in Srilanka for the better part of last 2 decade.

    Action speaks louder than words, Pakistan has been supporting Srilanka on all fronts and on all International Forums.

    Unlike India, who is covertly working against all the countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Srilanka and now doing the border issues with China.

    I think it will be good for Srilanka to work with Pakistan, China and other countries.

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  • Jul 15, 2013 - 11:02AM

    Huh? Why not North Korea? Why Pakistan?

    Even if we assume that Pakistan has the tech to do controlled nuclear fission, after 2014 there is a good chance Pakistan will be sanctioned for a variety of reasons, like with Iran. Its not a smart move to depend on Pakistan for anything beyond 2014.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jul 15, 2013 - 11:59AM

    Always most welcome Sri Lanka…….

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  • Ali
    Jul 15, 2013 - 12:24PM

    It just goes to show that India has conflicts with all its neighbours let alone Pakistan and China. Trying to achieve global and regional hegemony can only got his far.

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  • @Truth
    Jul 15, 2013 - 12:39PM

    @Truth: A tiny ant can wreak havoc in an elephant’s trunk. Don’t ever underestimate your enemy because of their size. Just because you are 600 pounds does not mean you are healthy.

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  • faraz
    Jul 15, 2013 - 1:41PM

    @BruteForce: Keep dreaming!!!

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  • indi
    Jul 15, 2013 - 3:09PM

    hmmm…..co operation with our “peaceful” neighbour who cant build its own dams and needs chinese toys for its defence….. anyways sri lanka and pakistan are good frnds…..thanks to pakistan’s warm welcoming nature which we saw against sri lankan team in lahore :)Recommend

  • ModiFied
    Jul 15, 2013 - 3:10PM

    Sri Lanka Pakistan nuclear deal will be followed by India Afghanistan nuclear deal. This might include 10-20 Indian nuclear missiles based in Afghanistan.

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  • Xnain
    Jul 15, 2013 - 3:26PM

    @Truth:
    I really feel for the Indians. Continuously being fed the propaganda of “World revolves around India” most of our eastern friends don’t even see a needle moving in Asia without India being involved in it. Srilanka is a sovereign country, it has every right to do business with anyone it wants. I mean you can make all the whining you want, but Srilanka is not a state of India.

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  • Yousaf Hyat
    Jul 15, 2013 - 3:32PM

    Pakistan is only the sales person.The owner of the store and the inventory is the Peoples Republic of China .

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  • Vikas
    Jul 15, 2013 - 3:47PM

    @chandana attunga:
    Then send your cricket team to play in Pakistan in times of their need. And don’t ever come to India.

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  • Bhatti
    Jul 15, 2013 - 4:02PM

    @ModiFied: u better call it India-Taliban Nuclear deal! lol

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  • Vishal Kaul
    Jul 15, 2013 - 4:19PM

    First provide electricity for citizens who faces many hour cuts of electricity. Where your nuclear power gone . Its like a blind who show to way to a person. @Dajjal:

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  • Indian
    Jul 15, 2013 - 5:52PM

    @Xnain:
    If that is the case then why you chinese worried about indian involvement in Vietnam!

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  • Rajesh
    Jul 15, 2013 - 6:00PM

    Pakistan could not able to survive itself, but they are talking about Nuclear deals with srilanka.Neither they have the technology,economy or resources to finance such a pact with other countries.They could not even able to build a mini dam to produce electricity, instead to get help from all weather friend.They are living in heaven !

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  • unbelievable
    Jul 15, 2013 - 6:29PM

    You can’t build you own power plants so exactly what “nuclear deal” can Pakistan offer?

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  • Ashkenazi
    Jul 15, 2013 - 6:57PM

    @ModiFied:
    That will be great especially when Mayor of Kabul leaves and Afghani students take over.

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  • Alann
    Jul 15, 2013 - 10:46PM

    Guys, you need to relax. Firstly, it is just a news article. Not an official declaration by Sri Lanka. World politics are not dependant on how the news editors analyse it. It is still too early to say anything about it, it is just speculations.
    Secondly, India’s stand on the Tamil minority issue in Sri Lanka has been the same for decades. Still both countries have had good diplomatic ties. Tamilians living in Sri Lanka are living a miserable life and it is the only reason behind India’s stand on the Tamil issue. There is no actual enmity between India & Sri Lanka. Tamil issue is a minor diplomatic issue, it does not interfere between trade relations of the two countries.
    Thirdly, if you guys even cared to read the whole news article properly, it clearly says “India had offered Sri Lanka a comprehensive nuclear pact that would deal with all aspects of civil nuclear cooperation, including safety and training of professionals.” The pact does not help India much except for having better relations with SL. India is self-reliant in nuclear capabilities of both civilian as well as military nature. The pact benefits Sri Lanka greatly as India is offering to train SL nuclear facility executives and researchers.
    Lastly, it would be better if all you readers stop behaving like immatures and understand what the news article is actually saying and stop making it an anti-India issue. If you care to think actually, Sri Lanka’s civilian nuclear cooperation pact with India is still a bigger, real possibility compared to it forming a deal with Pakistan. Because, although Pakistan’s military and ruling elites are spending alot on making nuclear weapons, they have utterly failed to make use of nuclear technology for the development of Pakistan. There’s also the big corruption factor in government policies. Pakistan itself is still depended on China for its nuclear-related power generation capabilities and it is far from achieving the desired results itself.
    India on the other hand, not only has a big nuclear power-infrastructure for last 50-60 years, but it also has been a big local trading partner of Sri Lanka for years. Pakistan has not achieved that yet.

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  • N.Usmani
    Jul 16, 2013 - 12:21AM

    It is shame to read immature comments from pro-Indian and pro Pakistani readers. Together both of these countries represent 2/3rd of world poverty. Both countries per capita incomes are 1/3rd of world average income. They are the poorest of the poor countries. Instead of cooperating/ trading and improving their country citizen’s welfare they still choose to invest in weapons and allow mass corruption. Both side claims that they are somehow superior or fortunate than the other…. not admitting they are the same

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  • Sarang
    Jul 16, 2013 - 3:00AM

    Maybe Pakistan should give its Haft 5 DUD Missile to Sri Lanka.
    Even if India is surrounded on all sides with Nuclear Rivals, still collectively they cannot pressurise India to come on table on Kashmir or on border disputes with China, etc. etc… !
    Today India is far more stronger and capable to have 2 front war. Pakistan on the other hand forming nexus hiding its weakness and humiliating defeats from the past.

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  • indi
    Jul 16, 2013 - 7:38AM

    @N.Usmani: true…but 1 is on its way to cut poverty by half till 2015 …..and other fails to meet all mdg goals :D

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  • Polpot
    Jul 16, 2013 - 11:36AM

    Aha Now I understand…why Gen Kayani visited SriLanka recently
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    And made some mumbo jumbo statements ….
    For Srilankans: Pakistani know how comes bundled with Taliban:)

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  • Azeez
    Jul 16, 2013 - 12:19PM

    @Rajesh: you said it man ….you said it.

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  • Iqbal
    Jul 16, 2013 - 1:15PM

    The Sri Lankans never learn, do they? After the fiasco of playing test cricket in Pakistan they were nearly blown off by terrorists who are still to be caught. Why on earth would they trust Pakistan now? They should perhaps play cricket in the Land of the Pure and judge the situation. I am afraid countries like England, India and Australia and unlikely to ever play in Pakistan again. They may play in Lahore or Karachi or Multan but at that time it may be part of India or an independent state.
    In any case Pakistan’s rapid downfall which we are witnessing is soon to be over. Sri Lanka may have to go to North Korea.
    Thats the reality.

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  • Water Bottle
    Jul 16, 2013 - 2:55PM

    @chandana attunga:

    “What the Indians are doing with us, on one hand they favor the resolution in UN against our country on the other hand they are looking for nuclear agreement with us. “

    You have to look up the meaning of the word ‘double standard’ in a good dictionary. Because you don’t know what it means.

    I was against India voting in the UN.

    However, there is no double standard. You oppose the wrong and support the right. What is double standard in that?

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  • 1947
    Jul 16, 2013 - 3:53PM

    @Truth: but Srilanka pakistan bhai bhai
    and all these blah blah will never work out in real sense

    My dear, it has proven “worked” with “Tamil Tigers”

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  • Optimist
    Jul 16, 2013 - 8:48PM

    Immaturity of pro India and pro Pakistan comments reveal only ONE thing:
    .
    They are ditto copies of each other, doesn’t matter how much ‘we are better’ mantra both have.
    .
    Both have too much time to spat rubbish on net/youtube etc. Not a sign of someone who is doing well!!!

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  • N.Usmani
    Jul 16, 2013 - 8:55PM

    .@Indi: Its only since 9/11, Pakistan progress lacked behind India on per capita basis. Moving forward, only few years of peace in Pakistan can easily wipe out this current gap of standard of living. But this is small talk…. fact remains that India who proudly claims 66 years of democratic rule against political turmoil in Pakistan but still sadly created of class of around half a billion people who lives under 2 dollars a day income. I sincerely pray that India do accomplish its goals of eradicating poverty so as Pakistan which should not be difficult given wealth of natural and human assets available to both countries

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  • Sridhar
    Jul 16, 2013 - 9:21PM

    Srilanka (SL) is a small “tear drop” island only 25 miles off. Its majority population has been ethnically cleansing the Tamil population in its country. This has big repurcussions as India’s tamil population are reacting with one voice.
    India is bound to look after the interest of the tamils. SL can get help from Pakistan but its enmity with India is not in its interest in the long run. The enmity is its own making. It did not offer a “reconciliation” to tamils as Nelson Mendela did to the whites in S.Africa. Rajapakshe is no Mandela. At best he is an egoistic megalomaniac who is being wrongly advised.

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  • truthbetold
    Jul 17, 2013 - 3:56AM

    @Sridhar:

    Don’t spread misinformation. The only Indian Tamils who are ‘reacting’ with one voice” are the few anti-India LTTE elements and their supporters in India. As for “India is bound to look after the interest of the tamils”, that is none of India’s business to meddle in the internal affairs of a neighboring country unless there is a huge impact on India itself.

    As for any nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and SL, it is all just talk. Pakistan itself has to beg china for nuclear energy technology and plants. What is it that Pakistan going to supply SL other than illicit nuclear bomb design. Sri Lanka is not interested in acquiring nuclear weapons.

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