TESO urges Centre to pass resolution against Sri Lanka

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Chennai, November 17:  Drawing upon U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s ultimatum to the Sri Lankan government for a probe into human rights violations, the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) on Sunday urged the Centre to adopt a resolution in Parliament for an international inquiry into the human rights violations and war crimes in the last phase of the war.

A resolution adopted in the TESO meeting chaired by DMK leader M. Karunanidhi said the Indian government should take into consideration the views of Mr. Cameron and other world leaders and the aspirations of the Tamils across the world and adopt a resolution in Parliament.

While addressing media persons in Sri Lanka, Mr. Cameron had said, “If an investigation is not completed by March, then I will use our position on the U.N. Human Rights Council to work with the U.N. Human Rights Commission and call for a full, credible, transparent and independent international investigation into human rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka.”

“While Mr. Cameron, who has no direct link with the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, has expressed strong views in support of the Tamils, India which has the responsibility to speak up for the Tamils, has spurned their request and sent External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to attend the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting (CHOGM). It is unjustifiable,” a resolution of the TESO said.

The TESO said when the opinion to subject Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to credible and independent inquiry was gaining ground, the CHOGM had provided him a protective cover.

“As many as 880 Tamil fishermen have been killed by the Sri Lankan Navy. But the Sri Lankan government has joined hands with China and Pakistan and treat India as a tool for its tactics,” the resolution alleged.

The TESO argued that India’s participation in the CHOGM, without understanding the dimensions of the Tamil issue and against request of DMK leader M. Karunanidhi other world leaders, had not only hurt the Tamils but had propped up Mr Rajapaksa who sought to destroy the Tamil race.

Another resolution said as an interim measure the Sri Lankan government should devolve powers to the Tamil areas under the 13th amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution.

Yet another resolution condemned the Tamil Nadu government for demolishing the compound wall of the memorial for the Mullivaikal victims.

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