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AIADMK, DMK slam UPA over Lanka stand

Last Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 17:53

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: AIADMK and DMK on Thursday accused the UPA-led government of "diluting" the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council by not moving any amendments demanded by it.

DMK had demanded that the "genocide" of ethnic Tamils and the "war crimes" inflicted against them by Sri Lankan forces be included in the UN resolution, DMK leader Tiruchi Siva told reporters here.

"We had demanded that an independent, credible and international inquiry be ordered into the genocide of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka," he said.

Siva said these two amendments, as demanded by DMK, were not moved by India at the UNHRC session in Geneva.

"India has also diluted the original resolution moved by the US. This does not meet the aspirations of Tamils in Sri Lanka, the people of Tamil Nadu as well as DMK," Siva said.

In the Rajya Sabha, AIADMK, DMK and CPI members expressed their displeasure over India`s intervention during a vote on a US-sponsored resolution at the UNHRC session in Geneva.

"We are not happy. Government of India has let us down," V Maitreyan (AIADMK) said.

D Raja (CPI) said the "government has let us down terribly. India has made oral submissions and we were kept in the dark about this. We strongly protest this."

As soon the Rajya Sabha disposed of the legislative business, AIADMK and DMK members moved into the Well with placards shouting slogans "Betrayal of Tamils by UPA."
DMK members also slammed the UPA government for not keeping its promise of moving amendments to the US-backed resolution on Sri Lanka war crimes that was adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by a voice vote.

The reactions from the DMK came shortly after the Lanka resolution was approved by the UNHRC with 25 countries—including India—voting in its favour, 13 against and 8 abstaining from voting.

Importantly, the government of India could not move any amendments at the UNHRC and said that it would encourage Sri Lanka to expedite the process of broad-based, inclusive and meaningful reconciliation.
The UNHRC in Geneva voted on the resolution to press the Sri Lankan government for a more thorough probe of accusations of mass murder of civilians by the Lankan army during the war against Tamil separatists in 2009.

The DMK had earlier pulled out of the UPA government to press the Congress-led coalition to move amendments to the US-backed resolution against the Island nation.

First Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 17:20
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