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Centre Urged to Back Int'l Probe into SL Genocide

The DMK on Sunday urged the Centre to support a likely resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council to be introduced by the United States calling for an international independent enquiry into the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka during the military offensive in 2009.

Published: 17th February 2014 08:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2014 08:04 AM   |  A+A-

The DMK on Sunday urged the Centre to support a likely resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council to be introduced by the United States calling for an international independent enquiry into the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka during the military offensive in 2009.

One of the resolutions passed at the DMK’s tenth State conference here also demanded that the Centre should take steps to conduct a referendum among the island Tamils under the supervision of the United Nations. The party also sought the abolition of death penalty in the country, besides seeking the implementation of the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project.

The party also condemned the spiralling price rise of essential commodities and alleged that the law and order situation in the State had deteriorated.

TKS Ilangovan, MP and the spokes person of the party, who read out the resolutions said, the conference had urged the Centre to expedite implementation of Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project as per the original plan.

The party said Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had assured to implement the project in the AIADMK election manifesto, but had changed her stand. The party asked the union government to retrieve Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka. This would help in stopping the continued attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy, the party felt. It also condemned the centre’s counter affidavit on the Katchatheevu issue in Madurai High Court.

The party also appealed to the Union government to constitute a special committee to go into the issue of interlinking of rivers.

The resolution sought immediate action from the Union government to nationalise all the rivers by interlinking the Ganges and Mahanadi with the southern peninsular rivers and to formulate a scheme to channelise, divert and ensure equitable distribution of water from west-flowing rivers in Kerala to Tamil Nadu.

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