Jayalalithaa also mounts pressure on Centre over Lanka issue

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 08:13 hrs

Chennai: After DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, too, has written to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, demanding that the government takes a strong stand against Sri Lanka at the United Nation's human rights body meet.

In a letter to Dr. Singh today, Jayalalithaa said that it was important that India moves the necessary independent amendments to further strengthen the resolution.

Listing out the various hardships faced by the Tamils living in Sri Lanka, Jayalalithaa said that India must take a strong, historic and courageous stance in the matter.

She urged the Prime Minister to immediately instruct Indian diplomats to strongly push for the independent amendments to strengthen the US backed resolution in the 22nd session of the UNHRC since the final draft is to be placed for consideration of the Council tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Union Ministers A.K. Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram are likely to discuss the issue with DMK chief M Karunanidhi today.

Karunanidhi had earlier threatened to snap ties with the UPA Government saying he felt let down by the government on the issue.

He wants the Centre to amend the proposed UN resolution to incorporate the demand for an international probe and time-bound action against those who may be found guilty of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid earlier said there should be a transparent probe into Sri Lanka war crimes.

"We are not politicising the matter, we want the Sri Lankan government to help Tamils recover from their wounds. We feel there should be a transparent probe," Khurshid told media in Farrukhabad.

"If the people there have been hurt due to wrongful investigations then transparent action should be initiated against the responsible people," Khurshid added.

Meanwhile, Union Minister V Narayanasamy said the Prime Minister will definitely consider all aspects before taking a decision on the resolution.

The US-sponsored motion puts the island nation in the dock over alleged war crimes and rights violations against Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The resolution is moved by the US for the second time. Last year, India had supported a similar resolution. (ANI)

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