Karunanidhi now threatens to walk out of UPA

March 17, 2013 01:35 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 10:14 pm IST - Chennai

A file picture of DMK President M. Karunanidhi. Photo: S. R. Raghunathan.

A file picture of DMK President M. Karunanidhi. Photo: S. R. Raghunathan.

Intensifying his pressure on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader M. Karunanidhi on Sunday unequivocally stated that his party would not continue in the alliance if the Centre failed to take steps to incorporate adequate amendments to the draft resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“I doubt whether our relationship will continue if our demands are not conceded to. I am sure it will not continue,” he told journalists after releasing copies of his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

“I am writing this letter with immense mental agony and feeling of having been let down by the government of India,” he said in the letter.

One of the amendments, he said, was to “declare that the genocide and war crimes had been committed and inflicted on Eelam Tamils by the Sri Lankan Army and administrators.”

The second amendment was for the creation of a credible and independent international commission of enquiry in a time-bound manner into the allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, violation of international human rights law, violation of international humanitarian law and crime of genocide against Tamils.

India had time till March 18 to suggest the amendments, as the voting was expected to take place either on March 20 or 21, he said.

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