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Amend resolution on Lanka: Jaya to PM

India should take historic and courageous stance,she urges Centre

Expressing disappointment over India’s prevarication on the US-moved Draft Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka at the UNHRC,Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh that India should take a historic and courageous stance by strengthening the US resolution with suitable amendments.

In raising the demand for stringent amendments to the draft,Jayalalithaa mirrored her archrival party DMK,which has threatened to quit the UPA II if this demand is not fulfilled.

“I am dismayed that the statements made by you and the External Affairs Minister in the past few days appear equivocal and prevaricating…. It was disappointing that India had maintained a deafening silence when the US-sponsored draft was taken up for discussion in the ongoing UNHRC session,” said Jaya in her letter to the PM on Monday.

The CM said India should raise “an unequivocal call for a credible,independent,international mechanism to prosecute genocide,war crimes and war criminals and the accused should stand trial before an International Court”. It should be completed within six months and the outcome reported for a special discussion by the UNHRC,she wrote.

Lanka should be asked to accept the establishment of an impartial,international institution to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice,equity,accountability,including investigation of violations of international law and reconciliation of all Sri Lankans,including Tamils,she said. This should include Sri Lanka providing a pragmatic political package to the Tamils and restoring their equal rights of citizenship on par with the Sinhalese community,she said.

Jaya asked the PM to instruct Indian diplomats to strongly push for these amendments and lobby with member states,as the final draft is to be placed before the council on Tuesday.

Meanwhile,two senior ministers were scheduled to meet DMK president M Karunanidhi,on behalf of the Centre,on Monday evening over the party’s stance.

Provide security: Lanka to India

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday asked India to provide necessary security to Lankan people and property in India following continued protests,especially in Tamil Nadu. Lanka’s Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Karunathilake Amunugama said Colombo has lodged a formal request with the Indian authorities in this connection. Sri Lanka’s concerns arose after two successive attacks against Buddhist monks and a group of pilgrims. Meanwhile,Champika Ranawaka,a minister from JHU party,advocated banning Tamil Nadu-origin travellers in Sri Lanka and insisted that Lankans must also be advised against travelling to Tamil Nadu. PTI