The Sunday Leader

Power, TNA Pow Wow On Text

By Easwaran Rutnam

The top-most official of the United States at the UN and her deputy had a meeting with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) last week in New York as the resolution on Sri Lanka was about to be submitted in Geneva.

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member of parliament M.A. Sumanthiran met the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and the United States Deputy Representative to the United Nations Michele J Sison.

Sources said that they discussed the resolution with the US being the main sponsor of the document which also has Sri Lanka as a cosponsor.

Sumanthiran had told Power and Sison, a former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka that only a process with international involvement can assure justice for the Tamil victims of the war.

The TNA MP had also urged the US to ensure the final text of the resolution is not diluted on a request from Sri Lanka.

The resolution was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday but it is still open for amendments till Tuesday.

Sumanthiran had told Power that if the Government decides to conduct a purely domestic process to investigate and prosecute those accused of war crimes then the TNA will not support such a process.

The TNA MP had also had talks with British Foreign Ministry officials before heading to New York.

6 Comments for “Power, TNA Pow Wow On Text”

  1. raj

    If there is any change in the government, the new government can kick out these foreign judges and prosecutors appointed by the current regime. That’s the main reason, Tamils were demanding for International War Crime Inquiry.

  2. raj

    A real inquiry should inquire former Indian national security adviser who visited very often to Sri Lanka to find out if he played any role in the war crimes by advising the Sri Lankan government to do so.

  3. raza

    Most Tamils have forgotten the Issue except for Diaspora and Tamil Politicians. .Politicians want problems to be in power and in the process make money. There are lot of ways the problems can be resolved domestically, but all parties must take give and take policy without superiority or inferiority complex. There is no winners in wars but only losers.

  4. raj

    TNA’s sumanthiran, Mavaisenathirajah, and Sampanthan have surrendered to Sri Lankan government with white flag. In 2009 too, tsome Tamils surrendered to Sri Lankan government with white flags. Is there any similarities between these two incident. I let the readers to decide. Those who surrendered in 2009, disappeared later.


    Mr. Sumanthiran should have been more specific in his demands of the composition and not just a request as to the non existent amendments. If Sri lanka is cosponsoring the resolution it must be an unconditional one.

    He should have insisted that the judges are 100% international no Sri Lankans should be in the panel.

    Prosecutors likewise should be all Non Sri Lankans.

    Only form of participation by Sri Lankans in terms of the legal process must be limited to defense.

  6. kumaran

    I would suggest ALL to read D. B. Jeyaraj’s article in The Mirror today, 03rd.

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