Jan 30, Colombo: Ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today called on the government to dissolve the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) over the resolution the NPC adopted recently to seek an international probe on alleged war crimes.
JHU member and former Western Province Councilor Udaya Gammanpila said the NPC is working against the national interests and the Governor of the Northern Province should dissolve the Council for adopting the illegal resolution.
The Northern PC at its session on Monday adopted three resolutions. The other two resolutions called for an international investigation into the recently found Mannar mass grave and to erect a monument for the dead in the final battle at Mullivaikkal in Mullaitivu.
The resolution calling for the war crimes allegedly committed during the war was proposed by NPC member M.K. Sivajilingam of Tamil National Alliance (T NA) while NPC Councilor representing Mullaitivu, T. Raviharan proposed the resolution to build the war memorial in Mullivaikkal.
Gammanpila said the NPC dominated by the Tamil National Alliance, which was considered during the conflict as a proxy party of the defeated terrorist group LTTE, still working according to the agenda of the LTTE.
He said the government must also ban all groups and organizations that still promote the LTTE ideology.
Leader of another coalition party of the ruling alliance, Minister Wimal Weerawansa also raised concerns over the three resolutions adopted by the NPC.
He said the proposals were approved targeting the UN Human Rights Council session to be held in Geneva in next March and passing of the proposal is the first step of a planned programme to haul Sri Lanka to an international tribunal.
Meanwhile, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) also said the resolution adopted by the NPC to urge for an international probe on alleged war crimes is illegal since the Council is not vested with powers over international affairs.
However the UNP parliamentarian, President's Counsel Wijedasa Rajapakshe cautioned against dissolving the Council over the illegal resolution as it could fuel the call for a self-rule in the Northern Province.