After Geneva
Posted on March 23rd, 2012

The Island Editorial

No sooner had the US resolution on Sri Lanka been passed than the UNP asked the government to get cracking with the LLRC recommendations. Addressing the media yesterday morning, UNP spokesman Lakshman Kiriella warned that non-compliance on the part of the government would pave the way for an international probe. He is known for crying wolf, which seems to be his favourite pastime, and one may not take his prophesies seriously. But, the general consensus in this country is that there is an element of danger in the resolution, though India has tweaked it to the effect that the UNHRC would have to give advice and technical assistance in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka.

The UNP has, to its credit, pledged support for the implementation of the LLRC recommendations. There is no reason why the government should dillydally further. It ought to carry out its promises whether there is a threat of foreign intervention or not. After all, the LLRC is its baby! It is also good for the government’s political health to implement the LLLRC recommendations which enjoy wide currency and have, if properly implemented, the potential to strengthen democracy.

True, the UNHRC resolution is not legally binding and India has removed the most intrusive element therein, which would have allowed the meddlesome UNHRC panjandrums to force themselves on this country. But, it is still fraught with the danger of serving as a stepping stone to another sinister campaign against Sri Lanka through the agency of the UN infested with terror sympathisers and INGO activists in high posts.

The onus, therefore, is on India to prevent the abuse by the US and its allies of the resolution on Sri Lanka to further their hidden agendas the way they acted last year to intervene in Libya militarily. Russia now regrets having given its consent for interventionist action based on an old UN resolution which NATO manipulated to plunge Libya into a bloodbath and effect a regime change on the pretext of protecting civilians.

Strangely, the UNHRC has adopted a resolution calling upon Sri Lanka to implement a set of recommendations in a report which was never placed before the Council! Sri Lankan Ambassador in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayakam, has rightly pointed out, in a briefing note, we publish today, the UNHRC was asked to reach conclusions on the LLRC report which the UNHRC had not taken up for deliberation. A very bad precedent has been created and it might enable the US or any other country to present and secure the passage of resolutions based on reports””…”””…”maybe even the UNSG’s advisory panel report on Sri Lanka””…”””…”without placing them before the UNHRC.

The proponents of the US resolution on Sri Lanka, especially those who voted for it at the UNHRC on Thursday, have said they did so out of their love for Sri Lankans. If so, let them be urged to prove that their love and concern are not feigned by coming forward to help the war-affected people in a tangible manner.

Housing is a pressing need in Sri Lanka’s former war zone and the US and its allies could prove that their love for the war victims is genuine by building some houses for them as India has done. It is not resolutions those hapless people need but some help to rebuild their lives. How many houses has the US, which is weeping buckets for the people in the war ravaged areas, built for them? The same question should be posed to Tamil Nadu politicians including Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who has taken up the cudgels for the war-affected here.

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