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* Sri Lanka's Northern PC resolution calling for international probe is illegal - UNP
Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 09:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says that the resolution adopted by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) to urge for an international probe on alleged war crimes is illegal.

UNP parliamentarian, President's Counsel Wijedasa Rajapakshe told a news conference that the Council had overstepped its mandate by adopting such a resolution.

He explained that the provincial councils were not vested with powers over international affairs.

He added that the provincial councils set up under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution do not have the power to pass resolutions calling for an international probe.

According to Rajapaksa, while the government could dissolve the NPC over the illegal resolution, it could fuel the call for a self-rule in the Northern Province.

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