PMK seeks all-party meet on Lankan war crimes issue

Chennai, Sep 24 (PTI) PMK today appealed to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to convene an all-party meeting and lead a delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressing for a resolution seeking international probe into alleged war crimes during 2009 hostilities in Sri Lanka.

Party’s Youth Wing leader and Dharmapuri MP, Anbumani Ramadoss, wrote to Jayalalithaa urging that she should immediately convene an all-party meeting where a resolution should be adopted in this regard.

Jayalalithaa should “lead a delegation of all-party MLAs and MPs to meet Modi upon his return from US and insist,” that India take the lead in this matter, he said.

He made the demand in the wake of US’ draft resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against Sri Lanka in which it had reportedly altered its earlier stand of seeking international probe and favoured an internal probe into alleged human rights violations and war crimes committed during peak of hostilities against LTTE in 2009 in the island.

Ramadoss said that only if political differences in the state were overcome, could the Lankan Tamils get “justice.”

He lauded Jayalalithaa for getting a resolution adopted in the Tamil Nadu Assembly urging India to press for an international probe and take diplomatic efforts to ‘change’ any possible pro-Lanka stand by the US in the UNHRC.

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