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Updated: March 10, 2012 01:40 IST

Back U.S. resolution, says Karunanidhi

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M. Karunanidhi. File Photo
M. Karunanidhi. File Photo

Former Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president, M. Karunanidhi, on Friday once again urged the Central government to vote in favour of the United States-backed resolution, condemning human rights violations against Tamils in Sri Lanka, at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

In a statement here, he said that a number of nations had been demanding a probe into the human rights violations by the Sri Lankan government in the final stages of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009.

The DMK had made its stand clear at its executive meeting on April 27, 2010. A resolution passed had stated that an advisory committee constituted by the United Nations Secretary General to inquire into the war crimes had confirmed the wanton attacks on Tamils by Sri Lankan troops.

The report released on April 25 last by the committee had said that more than 40,000 innocent Tamils were massacred by the Sri Lankan army and that its armed forces killed the prisoners of war.

Hence the DMK had demanded immediate action by India against those who had indulged in such crimes.

Mr. Karunanidhi recalled that on March 1, he had stressed that India should not support Sri Lanka under any pretext at the UNHRC. On March 2, the DMK leader in the Lok Sabha, T.R. Baalu, called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convey the party's stand and the feelings of Tamil people on this score.

The DMK president said that even as early as January 2009, his party had moved a resolution in the Tamil Nadu Assembly urging the Centre to initiate steps to end the war.

All the parties in the State had expressed unanimous opinion on this issue.

Even External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said on Thursday that a decision would be taken on the resolution of the United States in consonance with the feelings of the Tamil people.

Quoting from the U.S.-sponsored resolution, Mr. Karunanidhi said that it had sought impartial enquiry into the allegations of massacre and the disappearance of a number of people. It should be borne in mind that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission appointed by the Sri Lankan government had not accorded much attention to the violations of international law. Hence, the United Nations Human Rights Council should extend counsel and technical assistance for implementing the programmes (for rehabilitation of Tamils) and this should be accepted by Sri Lanka.

The DMK president demanded that the Centre announce, without any further delay, that it will vote in favour of the U.S.-backed resolution.

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Karunanidhi is a only caste oriented politician and not Tamil language or Tamil people oriented. In fact several of his policies have been viewed as anti-Tamil and some of these include allowing Tamil Nadu as arms supply route, not withdrawing support to central government which supported the Sri Lankan regime during the time of war, ill-treatment of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees within Tamil Nadu, supporting of the reservation policy where in which considerable representation is given to people where Tamil is not even the home language, land grants to CBSE schools while exempting them from the Tamil learning act. His recent outburst against the Tamil speaking forward community while seeking North Indian votes also vindicates this point. It appears the sudden "concern" about the resolution against Sri Lanka is to divert public attention his policies during his rule.

from:  Matthew John
Posted on: Mar 11, 2012 at 21:12 IST

India's geo-political interests cannot be hijacked by narrow-minded state politicians, especially from a state such as Tamil Nadu which has had a history of turning a blind eye to violent Tamil separatism-terrorism in Sri Lanka. We need to be careful here as, by giving into this kind of narrow agenda, India can only hurt herself. How can India protest about Pakistan's support for Indian extremists/terrorists if India gives into this kind of extremists' agenda imported from one of our close neighbors? It is in India's interest to stay friendly with all the SAARC countries, especially so with Sri Lanka which, unfortunately, had to turn to China for help to defeat LTTE's terrorism (as India refused military help to Sri Lanka - again due to this "Tamil Nadu factor). Therefore, this is a time to do what's best for India.

from:  Jyoti Bella
Posted on: Mar 10, 2012 at 06:20 IST

Let us not be emotionally charged to deliver judgements which will go
against the interests of India. In Rajapakse, there's always a danger
for India's national security as he would do anything to bring the
Chinese to India's doorstep. This is the only reason why US is
proposing the resolution. Otherwise when have US upheld human rights?
Already India is asking Lanka not to give oil exploration blocks in
Mannar to other countries. Whether Rajapakse is going to give or no
will depend on our vote. That apart, he will also not allow our
fishermen to come to their territory under any circumstance. So, the
best that India can do right now is to resolve things amicably.

from:  Kiruba
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 19:03 IST

Had the LTTE rebels shown restraint and chosen a more amicable path to
the settlement of the Tamil crisis in Lanka, the colossal human loss
could have been prevented. There is no point blaming leaders in India
for the crisis as there were noticeable differences between the rebels
themselves which helped the enemy gaining upper hand in annihilating
Tamils in the island.

from:  GKannuchamy
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 18:59 IST

Indian foreign policy is in a different view with respect to the island nation's turmoil and bloody human rights record. It is time to shun the perpertrators of human rights abusers and teach them a lesson in the UN. But will India do it ?

from:  Shakthi Varman
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 18:32 IST

I don't know where Mr Karuna(nidhi)go during the time of war. Instead
of quitting the cabinet and press for the peaceful process, Karuna
opted to just issue statements from Chennai. And when it comes to
"nidhi" and his daughter, he visited Delhi twice during her arrest. Mr
Krishna has told that India has a very good relations with Sri Lankan
and the decision should not harm the relations. So it is very clear
that India will not back the US led resolution claiming the larger
interests of the country. What will Karuna do that time ? Will he with
draw his support to the center ? Never, he will give it is the most
unfortunate decision India has made and claims to condemn it. Dear
India, Please also look the interest of Tamils too.... We too belong
to this nation ... You always disown us on greater interests :(

from:  Amirtharaj
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 18:05 IST

Mr Karunanithi; You helped to create these tears as the then Chief Minister jointly with the PM Singh and the Congress leader Gandhi in 2009. You should have pulled out of the coalition for 40,000 Tamil victims in 2009.

You were there next to Mrs Sonia Gandhi in Chennai (during the election campaign) when she told the world that Sri Lanka Government (ARMY) was not using heavy wepons against Tamils. Then the fasting drama and Mr Chithamparam's message from the government to abandon the fasting. What do we make up of all these acts?

However, you now badly lost the TN election; you need the support of the people for coming back hence this appeal!

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 17:52 IST

Indian state cannot run according to vested interest of Tamil Nudu's corrupt political class of few tamil politicains in Tamil Nadu. Karunanidi is one most corrupted politicans in India. He run his family politice and nepotasim under name of Tamil Nationalism,in Madras.He has no right interfere INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF Sri Lankan.

from:  N Wimaladasa
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 17:39 IST

crocodile tears !!! You have been exposed long back Mr Karuna. You
cannot fool the people anymore.

from:  Kannan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 17:01 IST
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