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Mar 22, 2012 at 04:33pm IST

UNHRC meet on Sri Lanka war crimes resolution starts

Geneva: The 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva began debating a resolution against Sri Lanka on alleged war crimes on Thursday with a vote also expected later. The US-backed resolution urges Colombo to investigate alleged war crimes during the last stage of its military action against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka is strongly lobbying against the resolution moved by the US, France and Norway, calling it 'ill-timed, ill-conceived and borne out of ignorance'. Sri Lankan representative at UNHRC session Bandula Jayasekara appealed to the members not to adopt the resolution as it would help the LTTE undermine democracy.

"We have said that this is very intrusive. We have explained that we are working on this. But this sort of intrusive force would derail the process," said Bandula Jayasekara.

Suren Surendiran, spokesperson for the London-based Global Tamil Forum, demanded an independent investigation into alleged cases of war crimes by Sri Lanka.

"The resolution should be redrafted. We need an independent investigation... that will be the first time that Sri Lanka's crimes against humanity will be recognised," said Surendiran.

India would most likely vote against Sri Lanka with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh already hinting at that when he said in Parliament that India was inclined to vote for the resolution. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance faces immense pressure from Tamil Nadu parties on the Sri Lankan war crimes resolution.

However, Russia and China have decided to vote against the resolution.

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