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UNHRC Resolution: Pro-Tamil Outfits Step Up Pressure on Congress

Published: 06th March 2014 03:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th March 2014 03:12 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Pro-Tamil outfits in the state are  stepping up pressure on Congress to take steps to ensure India  moves a separate resolution in UNHRC for an independent  international probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.            The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee has responded by  saying it will do 'whatever is necessary' to protect Tamils'  interests there.     

UNHRC Commissioner Navi Pillay had called for setting  up an international inquiry mechanism to probe charges of  rights abuses and accountability for international  humanitarian law violations.        

The UN rights chief's report was a preamble to the US-  moved resolution, to be voted at the end of the month. The  draft resolution backed Pillay's call to set up an  international war crimes inquiry.      

"Whatever is needed...whatever is in the interests of  Tamils in Sri Lanka...it will be done by us (Tamil Nadu  Congress) and the Centre," TNCC President B S Gnanadesikan  told PTI.    

He alleged that it was a politically motivated  campaign and nothing more and recalling his party's efforts in  persuading the Union government to vote against Sri Lanka in  earlier occasions at the UN body.            

DMK backed Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO)  had recently adopted a resolution, demanding that the Centre  move a separate resolution on the issue, in the backdrop of  reports suggesting the existing US sponsored draft resolution  to be tabled at UNHRC is a watered down version.   

Vaiko-led MDMK, part of the BJP-led alliance, is known  for its strident position on the Lankan issue.      

Dravidar Kazhagam president K Veeramani said Congress  should try to 'save itself' by proposing a strong resolution  in the UN body.      

"Better late than never..they should do this...it will  help save themselves to some extent," he said indicating it  would otherwise be routed in the Lok Sabha polls.          

Congress is also under pressure in Tamil Nadu to woo  the electorate, particularly in the run up to the Apr 24 LS  polls, as the party is likely to go it alone since none of the  major players have stitched an alliance with it.             

The Tamil outfits have seized on the fragile position  of the Congress to 'espouse' the cause of the Tamils in the  island nation. 

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