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* Parliament's decisions on UNHRC probe will have adverse effect on Sri Lanka - UNP MP
Wed, Jun 11, 2014, 11:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 11, Colombo: A legislator of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says that passing resolutions in parliament regarding the international investigation mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on alleged human rights violations may have an adverse effect on the country.

UNP Parliamentarian Wijedasa Rajapakshe said that a vote on a debate on the matter may show to the international community that there is at least a minority of MPs supporting such an international investigation since the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) may vote in favor of the international probe.

The MP also pointed out that a resolution by Sri Lanka parliament may not have any effect on the already decided UN probe and the supremacy of Sri Lanka parliament may be further downgraded with the move.

Nine MPs of the ruling party handed over a motion to the parliament secretary today seeking a debate in parliament on the UNHRC probe.

MP Wijedasa Rajapakshe noted that then Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama had signed an agreement with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in May 2009 to conduct an international probe on alleged human rights violations took during the final stage of the war in Sri Lanka.

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