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

Snubs similar offer by India after New Delhi voted for a resolution on the Tamil issue at the UN.


News Desk 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.

COMMENTS (35)

truthbetold | 8 years ago | Reply

@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.

Sridhar | 8 years ago | Reply

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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