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TNA welcomes NPC genocide resolution

The Tamil National Alliance welcomed the genocide resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council and urged it to “go further” and follow it up.

Speaking to Ceylon Today, TNA General Secretary Maavai Senathirajah said the alliance welcomes the resolution, which calls on the UN to investigate charges of genocide against Sri Lanka and prosecute those responsible, and urged the NPC to follow up on developments related to the resolution to “alert” the UN Human Rights Council.

“The war crimes were committed during the previous Rajapaksa regime,” said the MP, who is also the leader of the TNA’s main constituent party, ITAK.

“Therefore the resolution was passed urging the UN to investigate those who had committed war crimes. The NPC should go further and follow up on the developments with regard to the resolution in order to alert the UNHRC at the March session in Geneva,” he said.

The resolution said the Tamil people "have no hope for justice in any domestic Sri Lankan mechanism, whether conducted by the Rajapaksa regime, Sirisena regime, or its successor" the resolution called for justice and accountability for the Tamil genocide "to be driven and carried out by the international community".

"This Council further notes that Lt.-Gen. Sarath Fonseka was President Rajapakse’s Army Commander during the later stages of the war, and is currently President Sirisena’s advisor on defense matters", the resolution stated, adding that "no regime will investigate its own leaders remains equally true under Sirisena’s administration, given his role in the military leadership in 2009 and Fonseka’s continued position of privilege."

"There has been no change in the oppressive level of militarization in the NorthEast with the election of Maithripala Sirisena [...] This Council urgently calls upon the international community to create conditions suitable and sustainable to protect the Tamils of the NorthEast Provinces in Sri Lanka from genocide."

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