CHOGM provided protective cover to Rajapaksa: TESO

November 17, 2013 01:25 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 10:25 pm IST - Chennai

A file photo of DMK president M. Karunanidhi. Photo: V. Ganesan

A file photo of DMK president M. Karunanidhi. Photo: V. Ganesan

Drawing upon UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s ultimatum to the Sri Lankan government for a probe into the charges of human rights violations and war crimes in the island nation, the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) on Sunday urged the Centre to adopt a resolution in Parliament for an international inquiry into the issues.

A resolution, adopted at the TESO meeting held at Anna Arivalayam and chaired by DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, said the Indian government should take into consideration the views of Mr. Cameron, other leaders and the aspirations of the Tamils across the world and adopt a resolution in Parliament.

While addressing mediapersons in Sri Lanka, Mr. Cameron had said, “If an investigation is not completed by March, then I will use our position on the U.N. Human Rights Council to work with the U.N. Human Rights Commission and call for a full, credible, transparent and independent international investigation into human rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka.”

The TESO meeting described as “unjustifiable” India’s participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), wondering how India could spurn the request of Tamils across the world and allow External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to participate in the meeting, when Mr. Cameron, who had no direct link with the issue, had expressed strong views in support of the Tamils.

The resolution said at a time when the demand for subjecting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to credible and independent inquiry was gaining momentum, the CHOGM had provided him a protective cover. “As many as 880 Tamil fishermen were killed by the Sri Lankan Navy. But the Sri Lankan government has joined hands with China and Pakistan and treat India as a tool for its tactics,” the resolution alleged.

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