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UNHRC Resolution - Govt. must reveal how it plans to withdraw 30/1: JVP

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Even though the government has decided to withdraw from the co-sponsorship of the UNHRC resolution 30/1, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said yesterday the resolution was still intact and urged the government to reveal how it plans to withdraw the resolution.

JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told a news conference that even after the United States withdrew from the UNHRC, the resolution the US co-sponsored with Sri Lanka was intact and similarly, it would be so even after Sri Lanka withdraws from the resolution.

“Withdrawing from the UNHRC resolution will not make it disappear. The government should reveal how it plans to withdraw the resolution,” he said.

Mr. Silva said if the government was doing so in protest of the US travel ban on Army Commander Shavendra Silva, the best way to do so was for the Rajapaksas such as Basil Rajapaksa, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and their families to relinquish their US citizenship.

“The government can cancel the ACSA, SOFA and refrain from singing the MCC compact,” he said adding that the government was looking for a slogan for the general election because most of the slogans used during the presidential election campaign were no longer valid,” he said.

Mr. Silva said they strongly rejected the recent statement made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa that the JVP had not objected to the UNP-led government co-sponsoring resolution 30/1.

“It is an irresponsible and baseless allegation made for political ends. We have revealed our stance and protest on co-sponsoring the resolution at two news conferences held soon after it was done. We protested against it at a public speech made in Colombo on October 13, 2015. We have no connections with the UNP and aligning us with it is baseless. It is the present government that had aligned with the SLFP that was in the then government when the resolution was co-sponsored,” he said.  (Ajith Siriwardana)


  Comments - 7

  • june macapagal Saturday, 22 February 2020 01:17 PM

    What Tilvin says is absolutely correct. This another election gundu.

    Sokrates Saturday, 22 February 2020 02:33 PM

    As long as Sri Lanka is a co-sponsor of the resolution, negotiations can take place, of course only within a limited period of time now 5 years after the resolution was introduced. However, if Sri Lanka withdraws from the resolution, other states alone determine when the resolved demands have to be made. If Sri Lanka refuses, severe sanctions will follow, among other things GSP would be withdrawn. The government is finally better acknowledging the fact that Sri Lanka has war criminals and punish them.

    Upali Jayasekera Saturday, 22 February 2020 02:51 PM

    Any party which question or challange a govt should have at least a moderate vote base but JVP having lost their deposit is not naturally entitled to ask these questions.

    Narayanan Saturday, 22 February 2020 03:37 PM

    Withdrawal statement is sadly to fool the uneducated masses by a cunning government. We have to face the music. Face the facts. Cannot keep on post phoning the issues. Get it done for SL to get back to normality. Officials needs intelligence. These are not podi Kade issues.

    ram Saturday, 22 February 2020 06:31 PM

    all of them are competing to protect war criminals

    Anura Nanayakkara Saturday, 22 February 2020 07:49 PM

    What has Tilvin to say about this issue as JVP openly supported with UNP agreeing to Jeneva resolution putting our war heros in trouble!!

    VJ Saturday, 22 February 2020 11:18 PM

    Good approach, trust them but verify. The drama could be an election stunt. The poor masses will not understand the process.

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