GL seeks UNP stand on GoSL-TNA being ‘implementing partners’ in domestic mechanism proposal


By Shamindra Ferdinando

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday urged the caretaker government to explain its stand on a UN project to establish a domestic mechanism to handle accountability issues with the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) run Northern Provincial Council (NPC) named as ‘implementing partners.’

Prof. Peiris said that the government owed the public an explanation in the wake of UK media outfit Channel 4 News revelation as regards the UN proposal for a domestic mechanism to be run by the Government of Sri Lanka with ‘technical support’ from the UN.

The former MP was speaking on behalf of the UPFA.

Asserting that Channel 4 News based its report on an internal UN document, Prof. Peiris pointed out that the global body hadn’t specified the nature and scope of ‘technical support’ envisaged.

Prof. Peiris alleged that the UN had prepared the plan in consultation with the government and the TNA, though they so far remained silent.

Responding to a query by The Island, Prof. Peiris said that the NPC or any other PC couldn’t be categorised as an implementing partner on par with the government.

In case, the NPC had been accepted as an implementing partner, what would be the position of the Eastern Provincial Council, Prof. Peiris asked.

He warned that the proposed UN project would be a domestic inquiry only in name.

One-time Sri Lanka’s chief negotiator for talks with the LTTE acknowledged that some influential Tamil Diaspora groups as well as the LTTE rump had strongly opposed the UN plan. The Tamil Civil Society Forum comprised over a dozen organizations based in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, too, said that it was strongly opposed to the UN move.

However, the Diaspora appeared to have been divided over the UN proposal, well informed sources said.

Prof. Peiris emphasized that regardless of the Diaspora stand, the UN proposal posed a severe threat to Sri Lanka.

animated gif
Processing Request
Please Wait...