The United Nations Human right Council is preparing to vote on a resolution that urges the Sri Lankan Government to make serious investigation in to the alleged mass killings of civilians during the closing days of war in May 2009. The recently published chilling snaps of 12 year old son of late Prabhakaran and other reports of atrocities give credence to the resolution. The resolution sponsored by the U S is likely to pass in the voting.
The resolution had its echoes in Indian politics too. The D M K which is an ally of U P A has withdrawn support to the Government in protest against India’s stand on the resolution in the U N. India will support the resolution but D M K is demanding more than that to include the word ‘Genocide’ by India in the U N resolution and also pass a similar resolution in Indian Parliament. The Government is prepared to introduce it in Parliament but shies away from using the word ‘Genocide’. The State of Tamil Nadu always influenced the India Sri Lanka relations and now in the changed scenario at Sri Lanka, the Government is finding it more and more difficult to meet their demands without jeopardizing foreign policy line.
At any rate the resolution is unlikely to change the ground realities in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Government is prepared to conduct investigation. But it would not bring in any dramatic revelations. The last days of war were under a smoke and the media men were not present any where near it. The Sri Lankan soldiers were senseless at that time with the sight of long cherished victory near them and God alone knows what took place on those days at the war front.
The situation in Sri Lanka is different from other war-time trials round the world. The ruling party and its leader who lead the war have not changed and they enjoy full support of the majority people. It is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future and without their support Tamil community cannot live there peacefully. So the efforts should be aimed at restoring their love and support to the Tamils.The agitations against the Government in Sri Lanka would only help to stall the process of bonhomie between Tamils and Sinhalese So a new way to improve the relations has to be found out which is not surely calling names against the Sri Lankan Government. It is a difficult situation any way.
Apart from the War crimes, no fresh atrocities against Tamils are seen reported. The Sri Lankan Government says that during these peace years Sri Lanka army cleared land mines from large areas, rescued trapped civilians and rebuilt social and economic infra structure with zero civilian casualties. The Government says that it needs adequate time and space to solve such wide ranging, deep rooted issues of ethnic reconciliation. It is a reasonable demand.
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