New Delhi: The US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lankan war crimes was adopted at UNHRC on Thursday after 25 nations including India favoured it against Lanka on Thursday. India voted in favour of US-sponsored UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka on human rights, reports said.

However, 13 countries including Pakistan, Venezuela and Thailand voted for Sri Lanka against US-sponsored resolution that sought to "discredit" and "single out" the country over alleged human rights violations.

India at UNHRC on Thursday demanded a speedy rehabilitation of displaced people in Sri Lanka as it called for independent probe of human rights violations.

According to reports, Indian representative at UNHRC said: "We encourage Sri Lanka to expedite the process of broad- based, inclusive and meaningful reconciliation. We note Sri Lanka's invitation to UN Human Rights Commissioner; we urge her to undertake it as early as possible: India at UNHRC.

India added "Resolution will negatively impact reconciliation process."

Earlier, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid had announced that India will vote against Sri Lanka and for the US-backed resolution.

Welcoming the announcement by the Lankan government to hold elections to the Provincial Council in the Northern Province in September 2013, the draft resolution now calls upon Colombo to fulfill its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority.

Even as the fate of UPA government hangs in balance after DMK’s withdrawal over SL Tamil issue, India had said that it would move amendments to the resolution to send a ‘resolute message’ against Sri Lanka.

Signalling that it will take a tough position on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue at the UN, government on Wednesday had said it will move amendments to the resolution to that country on alleged human rights violations of Tamils.

DMK, which quit the UPA, had been pressing the government to ensure that the resolution was very strong with terms like "genocide" and "war crimes" being used while describing the human rights violation by Sri Lankan forces against ethnic Tamils particularly towards the end of the war in 2009.

(JPN/Agencies)

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