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Public Security Minister Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara yesterday kept hopes that the 46th UNHRC session scheduled to begin on Monday (22) in Geneva would not go for a vote to pass a resolution against Sri Lanka, amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic, as the UN body does not want a split among member nations at this critical hour.

However, Sri Lanka must be ready for any eventuality and ensure the support of a minimum of 24 out of 47 member countries of the UNHRC, he added.

He said that the UN resolutions are not binding but Sri Lanka got into a trap when UNHRC resolution 30/1 which was jointly sponsored by Sri Lanka and the US was passed in 2015 with a mandate to probe alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.

“Most of the clauses contained in the 30/1 resolution compromises our Constitution, admit that our heroic soldiers committed human rights violations and therefore needs to be probed,” he said.

Minister Weerasekara pointed out that the western nations, former UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon or the UNHRC did not utter a word when the LTTE recruited child soldiers and sent them to the war front as cannon fodder and prevented Tamil civilians from crossing over to the safety of government held areas during the war.

Britain’s foreign secretary David Miliband and France’s Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner wanted a ceasefire only when the LTTE was in trouble and requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa in April 2009 to create a safe passage for LTTE leaders to escape to a safe heaven. (Sandun A Jayasekara)

  Comments - 11

  • food for thought Thursday, 18 February 2021 08:03 AM

    "When you are stuck in misery the best medicine is to keep hold of some kind of hope" =Shakespeare

    Faith Thursday, 18 February 2021 08:14 AM

    No harm, keep on hoping!!!

    Ranaweera Thursday, 18 February 2021 08:31 AM

    This is very true. They wanted cease fire when LTTE was in trouble. They did not utter a word when LTTE was murdering 1000s of civilians by exploring bombs everywhere and even cold blooded murder of buddhist and muslim devotees at religious places. Some people who received some dollars afterwards have forgotten all that. That's why they betrayed those who sacrificed their lives to make it safe for the others. Ranil and UNP were master minders in the resolution. Those LTTE members who exploded bombs and killed so many people are being currently helped by these western nations.

    Hendry L Thursday, 18 February 2021 09:00 AM

    You are not suitable for this position Mister.

    Jack Mark Thursday, 18 February 2021 09:01 AM

    Talk with sense Mr. Minister. Are you still sleeping?

    Dr. H.M. Amaraweera Thursday, 18 February 2021 09:02 AM

    You are correct Sir. Don't bend down for threats.

    Captain R.P. Sirisena Thursday, 18 February 2021 09:04 AM

    Sir, your Military attitude will not work in this matter. You must tactfully handle things, don't try to be a Dictator, now the world is changed.

    Sando Shanaz Thursday, 18 February 2021 09:07 AM

    Removing STF for MP Sumanthiran is a big blunder you did, you will face the consequences very soon Mr. Minister.

    GLP Thursday, 18 February 2021 09:07 AM

    Right time for you to resign from your post.

    A Ratnayake Thursday, 18 February 2021 09:11 AM

    SW says “Most of the clauses contained in the 30/1 resolution compromises our Constitution, admit that our heroic soldiers committed human rights violations and therefore needs to be probed,” In the Resolution, there is no admission of committing human rights violations; only to investigate any allegation. Eratna

    Ragunathan Sivam Thursday, 18 February 2021 09:15 AM

    I hope UHRHC will take a vote and put sanctions against former military cronies presently working for this government.

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