Jaya asks PM to fortify US resolution on Lanka

Chennai, Mar 18 :  Asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take a strong, historic and courageous stance in the matter of the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC Meeting in Geneva, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today suggested amendments to strengthening the draft to make the resolution 'unambiguous in intent and effective in implementation.'

In a letter to the Prime Minister, a copy of which was released to the press here, Ms Jayalalithaa said 'the Tamil diaspora across the world were legitimately outraged and incensed over the impunity with which the Sri Lankan Government was ignoring international sentiments and binding resolutions relating to reconciliation and accountability for the war crimes and genocide committed in the closing stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka and the ongoing gross human rights abuses.

'It was absolutely important India took a strong stand in support of the US-sponsored Resolution at the 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council and more importantly moves necessary independent amendments to further strengthen the Resolution.'

Suggesting changes, Ms Jayalalitaa said in Perambular Para 5 (PP5) India must seek a mention of the UN Secretary General's Panel of Experts report in addition to the LLRC report. In PP9, it should strengthen the language from expression of 'concern' to 'serious concern and dismay' at the reports of the continuing violations of human rights.

'In PP10 strengthen the language to 'condemnation' of the failure of the Sri Lankan Government to fulfill its public commitments, including on devolution of political authority. 'In operative para 1, there should be an unequivocal call for a credible, independent, international mechanism to prosecute genocide, war crimes and war criminals and the accused should stand trial before an International Court.

'This process should be completed within a period of six months and the outcome reported for a special discussion in the 25th session of UNHRC in 2014. In operative para 2 there should be an insistence that the OHCHR report be implemented in its totality. In operative para 3 there should be a strong call to the Government of Sri Lanka to accept the establishment of an impartial, international institution to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability, including investigation of violations of international law and reconciliation of all Sri Lankans, including Tamils. This should include Sri Lanka providing a pragmatic political package to the Sri Lankan Tamils and restoring