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* Sri Lanka major Tamil party MP asks Australia to be among civilized countries and vote for UN resolution
Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 10:36 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: A lawmaker of Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has visited Canberra to meet with Australian government officials to seek support for the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

TNA MP M.A Sumanthiran who has visited Canberra to meet with Australian government officials has said that he would like to see Australia on the side of civilized countries in the world community and vote for the resolution.

"The deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka calls for decisive action from, particularly from civilized countries and we would like to see Australia on that side rather than others who stand with Sri Lanka now," he was quoted by Australia's ABC news service.

MP Sumanthiran has met with the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian MPs from both major parties to ask for support from the Australian Government and local MPs to support and co-sponsor the resolution.

He told Australian media that he met with Foreign Minister Bishop and officially requested Australia to co-sponsor the resolution.

"She assured me she would look at it and make a decision on that," the Tamil MP has said.

Australia however, has not co-sponsored the draft resolution submitted to the UNHRC on Monday by the US, UK, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Mauritius.

Recently, Bishop reaffirmed Australian government's commitment to working with the Sri Lankan government to foster peace, prosperity, stability and security in the pursuit of freedom, the rule of law and democracy.

"There is wide consensus that Sri Lanka hasn't delivered and hasn't made headway in accountability," the MP has told Australia Network after his meetings at Parliament House.

"We do realize that Australia has a difficult situation with boatloads of people coming and landing here (from Sri Lanka) but we would like those two issues to be kept separate," Sumanthiran was quoted in Australian media.

MP Sumanthiran has expressed disappointment that the present draft of the resolution doesn't call for an independent inquiry to be set up to investigate the atrocities alleged to have taken place in the last days of the war against the Tamil Tiger terrorists.

"We are a bit disappointed, yet we recognize we are making progress with the resolution. We are hopeful that US, Britain and a few other countries will take it forward, acquire the necessary vote then it will be passed and implemented," he said.

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