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TNA leader warns Sri Lanka may be a ‘failed state’

The head of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) warned that if the Sri Lankan government continued to avoid its international commitments, it may soon be termed a “failed state”.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror with regards to a UN Human Rights Council resolution on accountability for violations of international law, TNA leader R Sampanthan said, "If Sri Lanka keeps avoiding its international commitments, it will soon lose its legitimacy and be termed a failed state”. 

“Those who suffered during the war, need answers as to what happened to their loved ones,” Sampanthan added. “It has to be probed.”

His comments come after the Sri Lankan government announced it would review its commitment to the UN resolution which it co-sponsored. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, president of Sri Lanka, has also vowed to reject the UN resolution during this election campaign. 

The resolution mandated an accountability mechanism with international judges to prosecute crimes committed during the final months of the armed conflict, in which tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed.