The Sunday Leader

TNA Says Resolution Will Not Harm Sovereignty

By Raisa Wickrematunge

TNA MP Suresh Premachandra said that the US draft Resolution that has been submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council was in no way a threat to the sovereignty of the country.
He charged that the Government was creating a situation in order to divert attention from other problems in the country, such as the rising cost of living, as well as to pander to the public.
“I do not understand why the Government did not address these problems three years ago,” Premachandran said.
He added that the wording of the Resolution was mild, merely asking for the LLRC Recommendations to be implemented. However, Premachandran said that
the report did not deal enough with issues of accountability and some monitoring mechanisms need to be developed to implement the proposals in the report. “I strongly feel, as a representative on the victims’ side, that we cannot ask the Government to investigate accountability matters,” he said.
He pointed to the Government’s failure to implement the LLRC report recommendations as proof of this. An international body should oversee these two aspects, he said.
There would be no threat to Sri Lanka’s independence as a nation as the draft Resolution had asked for the country to implement its own report, he added.

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