News & Updates
Both news media and general public can find important information
about updates, alerts and events that impact human rights in Sri Lanka

Don't dilute US resolution, make it stronger “ TNA to tell India

2014 Mar 08

By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) intends to request India not to dilute the proposed US-led resolution against Sri Lanka over accountability issues as well as post-war developments which it considered inimical to the interests of Tamils.

The TNA decided to make representations to India at a meeting held at the parliamentary complex on Wednesday evening.

Security and political sources told The Island that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)was exploring ways and means of strengthening the proposed US led resolution scheduled to come up for voting on March 26 at the ongoing 25th session of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). A TNA delegation is likely to leave for New Delhi soon.

India represents Asia in the 47-member UNHRC categorised into five groups.

Sources said that the TNA expected India to ensure the formulation of the strongest possible resolution. The UK based British Tamil Forum (BTF) has already rejected the US draft proposal, demanding that the international community move a tough resolution. Although other major diaspora organisations including the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) hasn’t officially commented on the draft resolution, it was in the process of making representations to foreign governments.

The five-party TNA is of the opinion that the draft resolution jointly tabled by the US, the UK, Montenegro, Macedonia and Mauritius has failed to address the concerns of the Tamil speaking people.

Well informed sources told The Island that the TNA parliamentary group had met in the wake of the US making the draft resolution available to 47 member states of the UNHRC as well as other countries expected to co-sponsor it. The entire group except MPs, M. A. Sumanthiran and S. Vino Noharathalingam met under the leadership of TNA leader, R. Sampanthan, MP, to discuss the situation. The meeting had been meant to reach consensus on their strategy to strengthen the resolution, sources said. In accordance with the TNA’s plan, senior representatives would meet Indian authorities as well as Colombo based Western diplomats and UNHRC officials to stress the need to formulate strongest possible resolution, sources said.

 Sources quoted veteran politician Sampanthan as having told the gathering there was still time to make the required changes.

The TNA also decided to focus on post-war land issues as well as security forces deployment in the Northern Province. The TNA would pressure those moving the resolution to make specific references in the proposed resolution, to the land issue and the military deployment in the Northern Province, sources said.

Search News & Updates