June 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party Tamil national Alliance (TNA) today warned of serious consequences if parliament decides to bar the United Nations investigative team from entering the country to conduct the comprehensive international investigation mandated by the UN Human Rights Council.
Addressing a media briefing in Colombo today TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said the country will have to face serious problems if a decision is taken in parliament to bar the team appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham Pillay to investigate alleged human rights violations committed in Sri Lanka during the last seven years of civil war.
Following the announcement by Pillay at the 26th session of UNHRC Tuesday that a team was put in place to conduct the international investigation, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to seek parliamentary approval to allow the UN team into the country.
The decision was taken at the meeting of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee (CC) presided over by the President at Temple Trees on Monday night.
Accordingly, a letter signed by nine ruling party MPs proposing to seek parliamentary approval was submitted to the Secretary General of parliament today in order to hold a debate on the issue.
The ruling party had also decided not to respond to a request of the UNHRC to send delegates to Sri Lanka to conduct the probe until a decision is made during the parliamentary debate.
The parliament will convene next on June 17.
The government flatly rejected the international investigation mandated by the resolution adopted by the UN in March saying that it "will not cooperate with the OHCHR-driven so called 'comprehensive investigation' emanating from it (resolution)."
Expressing opinion to the local Hiru News, main opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian John Amaratunga has said that his party has no objections for seeking parliament's take on the issue.
However, the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Vijith Herath has said that the government took the decision to escape the problem while the Sri Lanka's major Muslim party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has said that it will take a decision after the party's national convention to be held on June 15th.