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Main Tamil party of Sri Lanka pushes for an international probe into war crimes allegations

2013 Dec 30

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said that it will push for an independent international probe into alleged war crimes committed by the government during the final phase of the civil war against the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Tamil party parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran has told media that a TNA delegation will go to Geneva to present their case at the UN Human Rights Council session in March next year.

The TNA will brief the diplomatic communities ahead of the UNHRC session on the situation in Sri Lanka and the need to conduct an independent investigation.

According to Premachandran the party at its annual convention held in Vavuniya last week has decided to step up their efforts at the UNHRC this time to call for an international investigation.

The government anticipates the western governments to force the UNHRC to adopt another resolution on Sri Lankan calling for an independent international investigation into the war crime allegations at the March 2014 session in Geneva where the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navanetham Pillay will present the formal report on her August 2013 visit to Sri Lanka.

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris recently said that the international pressure to achieve the tasks recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to achieve reconciliation is not productive.

He said the threatening and the international pressure are not the path for Sri Lanka to go forward and asked the international community to give Sri Lanka a vote of trust, "because the Sri Lankan government has the greatest will to do things right and is dedicating great resources to reconciliation and reconstruction."

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