Mar 20, Colombo: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna District parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran denied the media reports which said the Tamil party opposes the attempt to grant more time for Sri Lanka to implement the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) proposals and he would be visiting Geneva on March 23 to take part in the UNHRC session.
Clarifying the stance of the Tamil party, MP Sumanthiran said the ColomboPage reportwhich quoted a BBC Sandeshaya report on TNA's stance on extension of time and his impending Geneva visit is incorrect.
However, the Tamil National Alliance is firm on appointment of foreign judges in any war crime tribunal.
Addressing media in Jaffna on Saturday MP Sumanthiran said the Tamil National Alliance is of the stance that the appointment of foreign judges in the establishment of the war crimes tribunal is a must and stressed that the government must implement all the proposals as adopted in the 2015 October resolution.
Commenting on the recent statements by the President, Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister that Sri Lanka's Constitution will not allow foreign judges, MP Sumanthiran said revising Sri Lankan laws would be necessary when setting up a judicial mechanism to fulfill the pledges made by the government when it co-sponsored the 2015 resolution.