US resolution ‘guides’ UK Labour to support Sri Lanka venue of CHOGM

[TamilNet, Monday, 11 March 2013, 20:23 GMT]
The US draft resolution at Geneva that is based on Sri Lanka’s LLRC recommendations and that neither welcomes international investigation nor initiates any meaningful new action on Sri Lanka, also undermines efforts to check Sri Lanka through the Commonwealth, political observers said. The US resolution subverts any opposition to the CHOGM taking place in the island or the Colombo regime leading the Commonwealth for the next two years. Losing no time in playing second fiddle to Washington’s patronage to genocidal Sri Lanka, the UK’s Labour shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, subtly urging the UK government not to boycott the Colombo summit of CHOGM, said on Monday that “the British Government should keep its attendance at this summit under review as it awaits effective action from the Sri Lankan Government.”

British Tamil supporters of the Labour Party try to project the Labour stand as one that is favouring international investigation on Sri Lanka.

But using that as a rhetoric and camouflage, the Labour Party that was in complicity with the war, ultimately tries to save the genocidal State and regime in the island of Sri Lanka, Tamil political observers in London said.

Implying that everything, including an international investigation, should be completely left in the hands of Sri Lanka by ‘encouraging’ it, the Labour shadow foreign secretary said the following:

“Commonwealth Day should be a day for celebration of the role of the Commonwealth in promoting human rights globally.

“But with the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting due to take place in Sri Lanka in November, it should also be a day for action by the Sri Lankan government: action that acknowledges the appalling human rights abuses which have taken place there over recent years.

“The Commonwealth must use the prospect of the meeting in Colombo to encourage the Sri Lankan government to now meet its clear international obligations, and begin rapid change to acknowledge the human rights abuses which took place during its bloody armed conflict.

“The British government must urgently raise with the Sri Lankan government the need for a full, independent, international investigation into the allegations of war crimes committed by all parties.

"And the British Government should keep its attendance at this summit under review as it awaits effective action from the Sri Lankan Government.”

 

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