DMK, PMK back Jaya on US vote on Lanka war crimes
Almost all major Tamil Nadu parties have joined chief minister J. Jayalalithaa in demanding India back a US-sponsored resolution against Lanka at the ongoing UNHRC meet in Geneva for alleged war crimes in the final phase of the Eelam war.
New Delhi, however, is yet to make up its mind. Foreign minister S.M. Krishna, during his brief media interaction at the Chennai airport Thursday, dropped hints India might support Lanka.
National security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon told the third Asian relations conference in New Delhi Friday political differences should not be allowed to derail regional integration. He said the security situation in the region had improved with the elimination of the LTTE and trade with Sri Lanka quadrupled.
DMK president M. Karunanidhi said he wept on seeing a video of the war crimes and his “tears have not dried”. India should declare support to the US resolution calling for a probe into killings, abductions and other rights violations in Lanka, he said.
PMK founder S. Ramadoss and VCK’s Thol Thirumavalavan voiced similar views.
CM has written to PM, more than once, demanding India seek investigation of war crimes. She wants India to impose an economic embargo until those guilty of war crimes are brought to book and even got the state Assembly to adopt resolution to the effect.