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Karuna writes to PM, Sonia; wants inclusion of genocide in UN resolution

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Mar 17, 2013 at 04:01pm IST

New Delhi: Reiterating that his party would pull out of the UPA if the government did not press for inclusion of genocide and war crimes on Tamils by Sri Lankan Army and administrators, DMK chief M Karunanidhi said that there is no point in continuing the alliance if the Centre fails to move amendments to US-sponsored resolution.

Karunanidhi in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi has demands two points to be incorporated on behalf of Government of India as amendments in US sponsored resolution in UNHRC.

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Karunanidhi has also demanded an independent international probe into the alleged atrocities in the US sponsored anti-Lanka resolution at the UN Human Rights Council later in March.

In his letters to Singh and Gandhi, faxed on Saturday night, Karunanidhi said he was constrained to write them in view of the "volatile situation" prevailing in the state.

To a question on a Buddhist priest being roughed up in Thanjavur by some pro-Tamil groups, he said it was not proper.

Meanwhile earlier in the day, Finance Minister P Chidambaram hinted at a possible vote against Sri Lanka at a UNHRC. Speaking at a rally in his constituency Sivaganga, Chidambaram said that if Sri Lanka initiates an independent international probe, India would support it. But the Sri Lankan government has so far denied any war crimes and is against ordering a probe.

In 2012, India had supported a similar resolution following pressure from political parties in Tamil Nadu. This time though, the Centre maintains it will decide its position based on the wording of the resolution.

DMK had on Friday threatened to pull out its ministers from the Union Cabinet if its demand to bring in amendments to the US-backed resolution at UNHRC in Geneva was not conceded.

The DMK has been keeping up the pressure on Delhi to vote in favour of the resolution. Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO), revived by Karunanidhi in 2012, had launched a series of protests, including observing a dawn-to-dusk strike on March 12 to put pressure on the Centre on this issue. The chorus for action against Sri Lanka grew stronger after pictures of slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran's son's cold blooded killing appeared in the media.

With Additional Inputs From PTI

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