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Updated: March 26, 2012 00:33 IST

UNHRC resolution anti-government, but pro-people, says Sri Lankan MP

B. Kolappan
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M.A. Sumanthiran. Photo: R. Ragu
M.A. Sumanthiran. Photo: R. Ragu

Rejecting the notion that the Sinhalese community as a whole would harden its stand as a result of the resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the country's Tamil Nationalist Alliance MP M.A. Sumanthiran on Sunday said that on the contrary, there was realisation that the resolution had come about because of the Sri Lankan Government's failure to do the right things at the right time.

“There is realisation that grave injustice has been done to the Tamil people and it is coming back to them. We keep saying it is a good resolution for the whole country. It is anti-government, but pro-people. Regardless of ethnicity it will help all our people. It is an indictment of the government for it failure to live up to its promise,” Mr. Sumanthiran told The Hindu.

While expressing happiness over India's decision to support the resolution, he said he appreciated that it was a difficult decision for India, considering the bilateral relations between the two countries. “But we are happy that India took a decision. Because it is only now the Sri Lankan government will realise that giving assurances gives it a duty to keep them. It will have some positive effect,” Mr. Sumanthiran said.

He said the TNA MPs were invited by the U.S. State department in October last year to discuss the issue and in January this year he went again to hold talks. “The resolution was the result of those efforts. The U.S. redefined its policy towards Sri Lanka in this period. It decided that the Sri Lankan government is not going to do anything unless some pressure is exercised,” he said.

Responding to a question whether such external pressure would not have adverse consequences, he said Tamil people could not continue to live as slaves or second-class citizens in their own country. Equality and respect for human rights had international standards. “The Sri Lankan government must discharge its accountability by agreeing to an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity,” he said.

Asked about the talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the TNA, he said the onus on the government is to restart the talks and take it to a conclusion. Urging the Sri Lankan government to quickly resettle the people, demilitarise the area and grant meaningful devolution of powers, he said resettlement must incorporate housing and creation of livelihood.

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@ chandi:
Brother, I fail to see your point "Thousands of civilian tamils were
not killed by gov forces. Ugly lying. LTTE supporters only do it.
According to UN Officials and innocent people(Channel 4 video), it is
SL Govt forces who is responsible for Genocide and LLTE is using them
as a shield. I'm not blindly supporting LTTE here and I expect the
same from you too. Now don't claim Channel 4's video is fake.(That
would be ridiculous)

Also, as you were asking Kanesalingam to study history, I'd like to
give you one fact. Sri Lanka(the whole nation) was once belonged to
Tamils and was ruled by Tamil Kings.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 00:58 IST

SL government fought the civil war for the whole nation and during the war it was LTTE who kept tamils as human shields and government soldiers paid with their lives in saving those civilians.Speaking of slavery mr. Sumanthiran? how come you practised law in supreme court of SL even before you became a tna mp, if you are a slave? kanesalingam, study history...not from time immmemorial..and just because tamils want a seperate state they can not have it. Boy for 30 years LTTE were bombing the whole nation..and tamils were also killed and now it is stopped.No body speaks about those killings.Why Minority terrorists are licensed to kill and a government can't stop it? Thousands of civilian tamils were not killed by gov forces. Ugly lying. LTTE supporters only do it.

from:  chandi
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 17:19 IST


Tamils have lived in 9 districts in Sri Lanka from time immemorial. To target and kill tens of thousands of them was heinous. It is surprising that there are people in this world who do not want to condemn the government of Sri Lanka for carrying out this activity in this day and age when men solve problems by negotiation and compromise. If the Tamils want a separate state they should have it. It is not for others to determine what they should have. Much less kill them.

from:  kanesalingam
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 09:57 IST

A short and clear statement setting-out the facts. TNA, particularly Mr.
Sumenthiran, has been coming-out several constructive and positive views
on the serious issues concerning Sri Lanka. But since they receive wide
publicity only in the English media, and does not reach majority of the
Sinhalese people who are not conversant in English. This important
section of the Sinhala people are the ones gullible to the false and
negative propaganda carried-out by the Govt. The TNA must take steps to
reach-out to the ordinary Sinhala people.

from:  Mohamed
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 23:03 IST

There are no two countries within Sri Lanka it's a single country and one nation. they can speak any language they want but only one country. Whoever fails to understand this would live in a dream that never comes even close to reality. Tamil Diaspora knows it and so does TNA. they want a way of collecting money from innocent people and run thier smuggling schems as they used to do and therefore, desperately need a conflict at any cost. Shame on these inhumans.

from:  Kandanathan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 21:02 IST

Mr.Ramzie,what about the killing of innocent tamils in Sathurukondan,Vantharoomoolai,Eravoor,Sammanthurai etc by muslim homeguards with the help of Srilankan soldiers.If there is war crime investigation,the crime carried out by muslim home guards must also be investigated.

from:  ananth
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 16:13 IST

What is talking about 2nd class citizen.It is the only country in the world which give free education as a birthright to all its citizens, irrespective of race, color or creed, and free medical too.These Vellala Tamils wants power to rule over the poor tamils in the Northern region. More than 60% of the Tamils are living in the South and most of the trade are controlled by them and living with the majority communities peacefully. Even Sumanthiran house is the posh area of colombo.Ask him about the 100,000 Muslims who were frog marched out of the North Men, women and Children with only their clothes on and the jewellery was plucked out of their ears and told never to return if they value their lives. They are still living refugee camps in the south and their houses in the North are occupied by the so-called Mahveer families.TNA are holding a candle for the Diaspora Tamils who are economic refugees in the west who do not want to return and TNA is singing for their Supper.

from:  Ramzie Sanoon
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:36 IST

Are Sri lankan Mr.sumanthiran....?why do you attach sinhalese people..You have problem with govt.Do not attach innocent people..you will try to make bad image about innocent people...

from:  rad
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:24 IST

Mr.sumanthiran even though a member of parliament is not an elected member but an appointed one. So I wonder how qualified he is to interpret the poeple's opinion. Having said that,one wonders which people he is talking about when he says that "there was realisation that the resolution had come about because of the Sri Lankan Government's failure to do the right things at the right time". In Sri Lanaka there is no such realisation and the poeple are still fuming with anger for this cowardly act.It is cowardly because it was not won fairly and squarely but by deceit,threat and manipulation by the secretary of state of USA. This resolution will bring no redress for the Tamil people in any form or shape and India must not try to console it self saying that we did the right thing,bacause this resolution did one thing and one thing only and that is, it exposed the vulnerability of India. India managed to wriggle itself out of a difficult situation very cleverly, though not without a price.

from:  NAK
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:03 IST

This gentleman is our next Tamil Leader after Hon. Sampathan. Very very sensible man. Well articulate on the subject matter. No wonder US, department treats him and the team as a sovereign state even though they are MP’s not even government ministers. Well done. God’s blessings!

from:  John
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:33 IST
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