Another round of SL bashing in UK Parliament today


By Shamindra Ferdinando

British Parliament

A section of British politicians, heavily dependent on the pro-LTTE elements for re-election, is throwing its full weight behind war crime charges targeting Sri Lanka, with yet another panel discussion now scheduled to take place today (22) at the Inter-Parliamentary Union room in the House of Commons.

Government sources told The Island that the UK-based LTTE rump had urged Tamil voters to pressure their MPs to participate in Sri Lanka bashing.

Sri Lankan government sources said that the Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) and the London-headquartered Amnesty International would endorse ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ telecast by Channel 4 on June 14, at today’s meeting. The panel will include, Ann Clwyd, MP, Chairperson of PHRG, Alistair Burt, Foreign Office Minister and Yolanda Foster, Sri Lanka Researcher, Amnesty International.

Alistair Burt is expected to reiterate his recent threat to the effect that Sri Lanka should be ready to face the consequences unless it responded positively to the war crimes allegations before the end of this year.

Today’s discussion will be chaired by Jonathan Miller, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News, which produced ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’, while the producer Callum Macrae will be among the panelists.

External Affairs Ministry sources said that the former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his French counterpart Bernard Bernard Kouchner, too, have pledged their support for a war crimes probe. They have issued a statement in the US calling for action against Sri Lanka.

Sources said that Miliband and Kouchner (2007 – 2010), in late April 2009, made an abortive bid to force President Mahinda Rajapaksa to call off the offensive. Sources said that Sri Lanka should be grateful to WikiLeaks for leaking a US diplomatic missive (originating from London) which revealed the then Foreign Secretary Miliband playing politics with the Sri Lankan issue to win over the Tamil Diaspora electorate.

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