UNHRC Resolution: Still not late to defuse it – UNP

.... Its ticking slowly.Solution lies in Presidents hands

* EU, US purchase 85 percent of our exports


by Zacki Jabbar

The UNP yesterday called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop the rhetoric aimed at impressing Sri Lankan’s and view last weeks UNHRC resolution calling for an international probe into serious human rights violations by the security forces and the LTTE, during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in all seriousness.

Senior UNP’er Gamini Jayawickrema Perera MP, told The Island that the President should engage the global community even at this late stage, with a view to resolving the most serious crisis the country was faced with, because if the situation was allowed to get out of hand, it was the people who would have to face the repercussions.

Rajapaksa has said that he did not care about UN strictures because he was winning elections. But the truth was that the vote base of the ruling UPFA headed by him was reducing at a rapid rate, despite abusing state resources and the media, the MP noted.

Expressing doubts if the Rajapaksas would come down from their high pedestal even now, he observed that if a UN inquiry against the government and LTTE ended with a decision inter alia to impose economic sanctions, it was Sri Lanka’s exports which would suffer the most. "It is the European Union and the US which purchases nearly eighty five percent of our exports.India and China account for only about six percent. Iran which is more powerful and self sufficient than Sri Lanka is struggling to cope with the sanctions that have been imposed by the US and its allies. You can only imagine what our plight would be."

Perera pointed out that if the Rajapaksa administration had implemented the key recommendations of its very own LLRC Report, the UNHRC would not have adopted the US led resolution calling for a international war crimes investigation.

The President and his tough talking Ministers, he said, would not be able to bluff the UN anymore in the manner they had taken the Sri Lankans for a ride by conferring the title "traitor" on any one who dared to point out the rampant corruption and unprecedented crime wave that had engulfed the entire country.

"I hope for the sake of the masses the Rajapkasas would shed their arrogant attitude and sensibly address the issues raised by the UNHRC. It not only deals with the last stages of the war, but also continued violations in the post war era of not just the Tamils but civil society in general. Corruption, crime and the destruction of minority religious places of worship have reached unprecedented proportions, while human rights defenders and media personnel who dared to expose the truth were being hounded and attacked," the MP noted.

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