Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka Tamil party warns of serious consequences if parliament bars UN investigation team
Wed, Jun 11, 2014, 09:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

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.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Landslide warnings issued in Sri Lanka as heavy rains continue
-- [7 minutes ago]
Third International Conference on Community Water Services begins in Sri Lanka's hill capital
-- [31 minutes ago]
India stresses the need for a political solution within the framework of united Sri Lanka
-- [1 hour and 20 minutes ago]
Health Ministry of Sri Lanka has not utilized money allocated for modern equipment - Minister
-- [1 hour and 53 minutes ago]
Ex- LTTE cadre pleads guilty for assassination of former Sri Lankan Major General
-- [3 hours ago]
Australian company invests US$ 10.5 million in Sri Lanka to manufacture oats based products
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Tamil party discusses resolving ethnic issue with Indian Foreign Minister
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lankan government purchases potato harvest from Uva Province farmers
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's main opposition UNP appoints electoral organizers
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka introduces new low sulphur Super Diesel to the market
-- [5 hours ago]

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.