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Tamils divided over UN resolution

[BBC, Monday, 12 March 2012 15:19 No Comment]


'Presenting the LLRC report to the parliament the Govt pledged that it will implement it'
‘Presenting the LLRC report to the parliament the Govt pledged that it will implement it’

The main Tamil political party in Sri Lanka says it supports the US-backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), but other Tamil parties have expressed serious dissatisfaction over “watered down” resolution.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said it supports the US-led resolution whilst the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) said it is disappointed about the watered down text.

"Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva presenting the LLRC report to the parliament pledged that the government will implement it," TNA parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran told BBC Sandeshaya.

The United States has submitted a resolution to the UN rights body in Geneva calling for Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the presidential war panel, Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

‘Treacherous agenda’

In a resolution titled “Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka,” the US has also called on UN High Commissioner of Human Rights to provide “advice and technical assistance” on implementing the LLRC recommendations.

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Mr Ponnambalam says US-backed resolution was based on ‘fundamentally flawed’ LLRC report

Meanwhile, addressing a public rally on Monday a senior leader of the Jathika Hela Urumara, Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka accused the Western countries of trying to control countries in the Indian Ocean through the UNHRC session.

The minister also accused the TNA as a group working on a “treacherous agenda.”

However, Youth Affiars Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has earlier praised the TNA for its decision not to attend the Geneva session.

The TNA rejected the notion that supporting the US-backed resolution might be interpreted as being unpatriotic.

The TNPF, led by former MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam has, meanwhile, rejected the UN resolution tabled by the US saying it was based on “fundamentally flawed” LLRC recommendations.

Addressing media in Jaffna, Mr Ponnambalam has said that the resolution envisages an accused in the violation of international humanitarian law to become the investigator of the crime adding that the UN resolution should have been based on the report of the expert panel appointed by UN Secretary General.

The UN expert panel said there are credible evidence that both the government forces and the LTTE committed war crimes.

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