by Umesh Moramudali
The main Opposition, United National Party (UNP), yesterday expressed willingness to enter into a pact with the government, to fight the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in Geneva.
UNP Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said he is willing to go to Mattala, on the day of the opening of the second international airport in the country, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government.
He added the Party will support the government in implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the 13th Amendment to the...
...Constitution, while helping the government to resolve the national issue.
"If this resolution is passed, Sri Lanka would become a pariah State. We feel the Opposition must help the government at this stage, to fight against the resolution in Geneva. In order to do so, the government must declare the elections for the Northern Province and implement recommendations made by the LLRC immediately," he said.
Wickremesinghe reiterated his demand to appoint a 50-member council to implement LLRC recommendations.
He also said the Sri Lankan issue even stirred up politics in India and has in fact reached the Indian Parliament.
The draft resolution titled 'Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka' is still open for amendments, before it is discussed at the Council and debated on.
The resolution notes the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' call for an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka.
It also expresses concern at the continuing reports of violations of human rights in Sri Lanka, including enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture, violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, as well as intimidation of and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society and journalists and threats to judicial independence and the rule of law.