Sri Lanka’s major Tamil party not to participate in the UNHRC sessions

Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s major Tamil constituent Tamil National Alliance (TNA) announced today that the party would not participate in the next week’s UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva.

The press statement released by TNA says that the party came to this decision at a discussion held by the seniors of the party yesterday.

“TNA considers it imperative that in the present situation calm should be maintained and that nothing should be done which could exacerbate tensions. In these circumstances the TNA has decided not to be present in Geneva,” a statement issued by the party said.

A resolution on Sri Lanka backed by the United States and European countries is expected to be taken up at the19th session of the UNHRC starting next Monday (27).

Before the end of the war in May 2009, the TNA was considered as the proxy party of the vanquished Tamil Tiger terrorist group LTTE. The government accuses the TNA of furthering the separatist cause of LTTE.

A government minister recently said the TNA is answerable for the human rights violations committed by the LTTE and if the party participates in the UN HRC sessions in Geneva next week, it will have to answer for the human rights violations carried out by the LTTE terrorists.

The Minister said the relatives of Tamil politicians slain by the LTTE have already left for Geneva to participate in the UNHCR sessions and the TNA would have to answer them.

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