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* Sri Lanka Tamil party urges UNHRC to take stern action against government
Mon, Feb 4, 2013, 12:53 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) expects the United nations Human Rights council (UNHRC) to take "stern action" against the Ari Lankan government for the delay in implementing the recommendations of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) .

The failure of the Sri Lankan government to adhere to the UN resolution adapted by the UNHRC at its 14th session in March 2012 in Geneva will come under focus at the 22nd session scheduled to begin later this month, the Tamil party said.

"In the 22nd sessions due to commence on the 25th of February 2013, this failure of the GOSL (Government of Sri Lanka) will come under focus and we hope stern action will be taken to promote justice, accountability and reconciliation," a TNA delegation presently visiting South Africa said in a statement.

The five-member TNA delegation (TNA) is in South Africa at an invitation from South African political parties to discuss Sri Lanka's ethnic issue and share the South African experience in Conflict Resolution and Truth and Reconciliation.

The Tamil party speaking of the progress of negotiations with the Sri Lankan government to reach a political solution to the ethnic issue blamed the government for the deadlock in the discussions between the two parties.

The TNA accused the government of refusing to consider the proposals offered by the TNA while the government has repeatedly asked the TNA to join the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to work out a solution for the ethnic issue.

The party said it offered five proposals to the government and once consensus is reached between the TNA and the government on certain substantive issues, the TNA would join the Parliamentary Select Committee.

"While the talks are deadlocked, the GOSL aggressively continues with its agenda of militarily subjugating the Tamil People and materially altering the demography of the North East of Sri Lanka," the TNA further said.

Clarifying that the current engagement with the South African initiative is not a process they have commenced with the Sri Lankan government, the Tamil delegation insisted that appropriate action at the UNHRC is "absolutely necessary" to persuade the government to comply with the UN resolution and to "discontinue with its harmful agenda against the Tamil People of Sri Lanka."

The TNA delegation to South Africa was headed by party leader R. Sampanthan and comprised Jaffna District Parliamentarian, Mavai Senathirajah, MPs M.A. Sumanthiran, Selvam Adaikalanathan and Suresh Premachandran.

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