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Mar 19, 2017

TNA opposes giving more time to implement Geneva proposals Featured

The TNA says it opposes the attempt to grant more time for Sri Lanka to implement the UNHRC proposals.

MP M.A. Sumanthiran, who is due to attend the UNHRC session in Geneva on March 23, made his party’s opposition known at a media briefing in Jaffna yesterday (18).

He alleged the government has shown no interest in implementing any of the proposals adopted on 01 October 2015 with the Sri Lankan government’s consent.

It is unfair for the president, prime minister and ministers to publicly say that a war tribunal, foreign judges etc. would not be possible, said Sumanthiran.

Constitution will not come in the way

Countering a recent remark by foreign affairs minister Mangala Samaraweera, the TNA MP said the existing constitution would not come in the way of getting foreign judges’ participation in an investigation process.

Citing an example, he noted Commonwealth judges were planned to be appointed to probe the charges against former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake.

Sumanthiran said his party would insist on the appointment of a war tribunal and the involvement of foreign judges in the process.

The TNA would oppose if the Geneva session attempted to grant more time to implement the proposals, he said, adding that an office of the UNHRC should be set up in Sri Lanka to ensure that the proposals were implemented.

He went onto say that his party’s stand, as declared in Vavuniya on March 11, remained unchanged.

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